Wittmann, Herbert

Date of birth:
January 3rd, 1914 (Döllnitz/Kulmbach/Oberfranken, Germany)
Date of death:
July 26th, 2007 (Pullach, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Flew a total of 467 combat missions, of which 47 were over four hours long and double counted in his records. When this is accounted for his mission total rises to 514.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
Staffelkapitän Stabs Stfl / Kampfgeschwader 53 "Legion Condor"
Awarded on:
November 23rd, 1941
Action:
Awarded for his successful missions as a bomber pilot against France, Britain and the Soviet Union. He was particularly successful against the latter, and over the course of 4 months destroyed 30 trains, 10 tanks and 2 gunboats. He also severed 16 rail lines with direct hits and participated in 7 missions against Moscow.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
II. / Kampfgeschwader 53
Awarded on:
November 15th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major (Squadron Leader)
Unit:
Kommandeur II. / Kampfgeschwader 53 "Legion Condor"
Awarded on:
February 11th, 1945
Action:
Awarded for flying a total of 467 combat missions as well as his leadership of the II./KG 53 from the middle of 1943 during the following operations...

1. Missions in support of the German evacuation of the Kuban bridgehead as well as resupply flights to the forces trapped at Cherkassy.
2. Participation in the famous German bomber attack on the Poltava airfield on the night of 21/22.06.1944.
3. Night missions in the west both in bombing allied troop concentrations and resupplying German forces.
4. V-1 delivery missions from October 1944 to January 1945, where he and his pilots would fly over the north sea to launch V-1 flying bombs from their aircraft against England.
Details:
735th Award
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)
Awarded on:
June 6th, 1939
Spanienkreuz, Bronze mit Schwertern
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 19th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 5th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse

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