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Lehneke, Walter

Date of birth:
July 26th, 1902 (Klein Apenburg)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

12.10.1938: Gefreiter
01.11.1939: Unteroffizier
01.05.1940: Feldwebel
01.10.1940: Oberfeldwebel
21.07.1941: Oberfeldwebel, 3.(H)/Aufkl.Gr. 23
01.12.1941: Leutnant
04.02.1943: Lt., 7.(H)/Aufkl.Gr. 32
01.04.1944: Oberleutnant

Trained as a Beobachter in Nahaufklärung units, he saw action in France 1940, then on the northern sector of the Eastern Front (Lithuania, Estonia, Leningrad), where he earned his EKII. A new series of awards followed mid 1942 when he was deployed with Nahaufklärungs-Staffel 7 (H) / 32 on the Southern sector of the Eastern front, earning him the EKI and two flying clasps. Major awards followed in 1943: the Frontflugspange für Aufklärer in Gold, the Ehrenpokal and the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold awarded on 12th of July 1943. In February 1944 he was taken away from the front, tos erve with the Fliegerbildschule Hildesheim and later the Erganzungs-Nahaufklärungsgruppe.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel (Flight Sergeant)
Unit:
3. Staffel (H), Aufklärungsgruppe 23, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
July 21st, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Awarded on:
July 25th, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit:
7.(H) Staffel, Aufklärungsgruppe 32, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
February 4th, 1943
Frontflugspange für Aufklärer in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit:
7.(H) Staffel, Aufklärungsgruppe 32, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
July 12th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit:
Beobachter
Awarded on:
May 8th, 1943
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 3rd, 1942
Frontflugspange für Aufklärer in Bronze
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 21st, 1942
Frontflugspange für Aufklärer in Silber

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