Schmitter, Wilhelm

Date of birth:
December 18th, 1913 (Rheydt/Rhineprovince, Germany)
Date of death:
November 8th, 1943 (over London, Great Britain)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer
Awarded on:
January 5th, 1942
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
II. / Kampfgeschwader 40
Awarded on:
May 18th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer II. / Kampfgeschwader 2
Awarded on:
September 19th, 1942
Action:
Awarded for his success as a bomber pilot in the west, primarily in the maritime reconnaissance role and for bombing airfields. By the time of his award he had flown at least 122 missions against England.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major (Squadron Leader)
Unit:
Staffelkapitän 15. / Kampfgeschwader 2
Awarded on:
March 24th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Awarded in recognition of his further successes. By the time of his death he had flown a total of 193 sorties (including 109 maritime reconnaissance sorties), counted as just under 300 front flights.
Details:
432nd Award.

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