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Wurmheller, Josef

Date of birth:
May 4th, 1917 (Hausham-Miesbach/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
June 22nd, 1944 (near Alençon/Normandy, France)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Josef Wurmheller achieved 102 victories in over 300 sorties.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 19th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 16th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 30th, 1941
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel (Flight Sergeant)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 9. / Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen"
Awarded on:
September 4th, 1941
Action:
Awarded after 32 aerial victories. During this time he shot down 13 Spitfires over a 4 week period, 5 of them in one day.
Details:
312th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel
Unit:
Flugzeugführer I. / Jagdgeschwader 2
Awarded on:
August 21st, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Details:
Award 1/231.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 7. / Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen"
Awarded on:
November 13th, 1942
Action:
Awarded after 60 aerial victories. On 31.05.1942 he shot down 4 Spitfires in one day, and on 05.06.1942 he shot down another 5.
Details:
146th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
m.F.b. III. / Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen"
Awarded on:
October 24th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Action:
By the time of his death he was credited with 102 aircraft destroyed, including at least 18-20 four-engined bombers.
Details:
108th Award.
Awarded posthumously.

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