- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Flugzeugführer 5. / Kampfgeschwader 54
- Awarded on:
- September 17th, 1941
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.