Wilke, Heinrich

Date of birth:
February 21st, 1921 (Bielefeld, Germany)
Date of death:
June 23rd, 1983 (Kaarst/Neuss, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier
Unit:
II./Nachtjagd-Geschwader 100
Awarded on:
October 1st, 1944
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel (Sergeant)
Unit:
III./Nachtjagdgeschwader 5
Awarded on:
November 25th, 1944
Action:
Wilke served as radio operator to Paul Zorner during almost all his night missions both in Russia and home defence. He participated in 58 night victories, and for his contribution to these he became one of a handful of night fighter radio operators to receive the Knight's Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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