- Date of birth:
- June 14th, 1912 (Heinrode/Westprussia, Germany)
- Date of death:
- April 22nd, 1943 (Over the Black Sea)
- German (1933-1945, German Reich)
Erich Thiel was killed on April 22nd, 1943 as Kommandeur III. Gruppe, Kampfgeschwader 27 "Boelcke" and the rank of Major.
Flew a total of about 400 combat missions, of which ~100 were in the West.
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