Petzold, Ernst

Date of birth:
August 6th, 1914 (Rammenau/Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:
April 20th, 1999
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

From January 4th 1945, Hauptmann Petzold became Kommandeur of the II. / Kampfgeschwader 54 "Totenkopf".

Flew a total of 214 sorties, most on the Eastern front, which were counted as 225 front flights.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 5. / Kampfgeschwader 54
Awarded on:
September 17th, 1941
Action:
During two days of operations against a pontoon bridge over the Desna river north of Kiev, it was Petzold who finally delivered the decisive blow on 29.08.1941 that destroyed the bridge. In doing so he destroyed the one escape route of Soviet troops on the other side of the river. For this, as well as his other successes achieved over the course of 167 sorties, he was awarded the Knight's Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 5. / Kampfgeschwader 54
Awarded on:
July 16th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold

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