Seiler, Reinhard

    Date of birth:
    August 30th, 1909 (Rawitsch/Posen, Germany)
    Date of death:
    October 6th, 1989 (Kulmbach/Bavaria, Germany)
    Nationality:
    German (1933-1945, German Reich)

    Biography

    Reinhard Seiler achieved 109 victories in over 480 operational sorties. During the Spanish Civil War he achieved 9 victories. Seiler was Kommandeur of the I. / Jagdgeschwader 54 from APril 15th 1943 till July 6th 1943.

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberleutnant
    Awarded on:
    June 6th, 1939
    Spanienkreuz, Gold mit Schwertern und Brillianten
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    January 20th, 1940
    Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    July 30th, 1940
    Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    August 20th, 1941
    Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Hauptmann
    Unit:
    I. / Jagdgeschwader 54
    Awarded on:
    October 15th, 1941
    Details:
    Award 1/14
    Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
    Unit:
    Kommandeur III. / Jagdgeschwader 54
    Awarded on:
    December 20th, 1941
    Action:
    Awarded after 42 aerial victories achieved over the course of 200 sorties.
    Details:
    386th Award
    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    June 19th, 1942
    Wehrmachtbericht
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Major (Squadron Leader)
    Unit:
    Kommandeur I. / Jagdgeschwader 54
    Awarded on:
    March 4th, 1944
    Action:
    Awarded after 100 aerial victories.
    Details:
    419th Award
    Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

    Sources

    • Photo 1: Wilco Vermeer
    • Photo: Wilco Vermeer collection, the Netherlands
    • - OBERMAIER, E., Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe, Hoffmann, 1989.
      - 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
      - Kurowski F., Oberleutnant Otto Kittel, Der erfolgreichste Jagdflieger des Jagdgeschwaders 54, Flechsig Verlag, Würzburg, 2007
      - Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001

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