Tscherning, Willi

Date of birth:
June 15th, 1917 (Naumburg-Bober/Silesia, Germany)
Date of death:
January 20th, 2012 (Borna/Saxony, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel (Sergeant)
Unit:
Bordfunker
Awarded on:
February 9th, 1942
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel (Sergeant)
Unit:
3. / Kampfgeschwader 4
Awarded on:
August 21st, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel (Flight Sergeant)
Unit:
Bordfunker 9. / Kampfgeschwader 1 "Hindenburg"
Awarded on:
November 18th, 1944
Action:
Awarded for his distinguished combat record as a bomber radio operator, following the successful completion of 368 combat missions (of which ~100 were in the West). These were flown in the following operations...

1) Action in Poland and the Norwegian campaign.

2) Bombing missions against Britain in 1940, where he flew mostly night missions against a variety of targets (including minelaying missions).

3) Actions on the Eastern front, including bombing raids against Moscow, supply missions to the Demyansk/Cholm pockets and minelaying operations in the Gulf of Finland.

4) Night bombing missions against England in late 1943 - early 1944 with the He 177 bomber.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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