Plenzat, Kurt

Date of birth:
January 17th, 1914 (Insterburg/Eastern Prussia, Germany)
Date of death:
November 17th, 1998 (Cologne/North-Rhineland-Westernphalia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Kurt Plenzat joined the army on April 1st, 1933 and was posted to 10./Infanterie-Regiment 2. In 1935 he was transferred to 11./Infanterie-Regiment 44. In July 1938, Plenzat made the transfer to the Luftwaffe.
After pilot's training, he was posted to 2./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2. With this unit he took part in the battles on the Western Front, the Balkans and in the invasion of Crete. Following this he served on the Eastern Front. At the end of 1943, he became Staffelkapitän of 2./Schlachtgeschwader 2. in the rank of Leutnant. At the end of WW2 he had completed 1234 operational missions, he had scored four victories in the air and had destroyed approximately 80 armored vehicles. He ultimately attained the rank of Hauptmann.
After WW2 he served in the Bundeswehr from 1957 to March 31st, 1971, ultimately being promoted to Hauptmann.

Promotions:
?: Feldwebel;
?: Oberfelwebel;
?: Leutnant;
?: Oberleutnant;
?: Hauptmann;
?: Hauptmann (Bundeswehr).

Career:
April 1st, 1933: 10. / 2. (Preußisches) Infanterie-Regiments;
1935: 11. / Infanterie-Regiment 44;
July 1938: Luftwaffe;
?: Ergänzungsgruppe Sturzkampfgeschwader 2;
?: 2. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 2;
1943: Staffelkapitän 2. / Schlachtgeschwaders 2;
1957 - March 31st, 1971: Bundeswehr.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel
Unit:
I. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 2
Awarded on:
April 9th, 1942
Details:
Award 2/41.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel
Unit:
I. / Strurzkampfgeschwader 2
Awarded on:
October 14th, 1942
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 2. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 2
Awarded on:
September 19th, 1943
Details:
903rd Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 2. / Schlachtgeschwader 2 "Immelmann"
Awarded on:
January 24th, 1945
Details:
712th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

Sources

  • Photo 1: Willi Schumacher Collection
  • Photo: Willi Schumacher Collection
  • - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
    - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
    - Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001, ISBN 3-931533-45-X
    - Patzwall K.D., Der Ehrenpokal für besondere Leistung im Luftkrieg, Studien zur Geschichte der Auszeichnungen, Band 6, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2008, ISBN 978-3-931533-08-3
    - Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945

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