Schmitz, Wilfried

Date of birth:
January 11th, 1920 (Bielefeld/Westernphalia, Germany)
Date of death:
February 4th, 1945 (Near Ziebingen/Weststerburg (Neumark), Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Flew a total of more than 350 sorties.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer
Awarded on:
December 8th, 1941
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
I. / Kampfgeschwader 4
Awarded on:
April 14th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant
Unit:
Flugzeugführer I. / Kampfgeschwader 4 "General Wever"
Awarded on:
August 21st, 1942
Action:
Awarded in recognition of his career as a bomber pilot, which at the time of his award amounted to a total of 242 sorties flown. He particularly distinguished himself by participating in two raids on the Saratov ball bearing factory on 24/25.06.1942, during which he scored several direct hits.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

Sources

  • - URBANKE, AXEL & KAISER, JOCHEN, Die Ritterkreuzträger der Kampfflieger, Luftfahrtverlag-Start, 2011.
    - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - 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