Zähr, Erich

Date of birth:
February 19th, 1911 (Kreischa/Dippoldiswalde, Germany)
Date of death:
July 15th, 1985 (Amberg (Opf.), Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann
Unit:
4./Kampfgruppe zbV 172
Awarded on:
March 19th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major (Squadron Leader)
Unit:
Kommandeur Kampfgruppe z.b.V. 172
Awarded on:
December 23rd, 1942
Awarded for the successes of his transport group (I./Kampfgruppe z.B.V. 172) on the Eastern front. Under his command, in the northern sector of the frontline his pilots achieved the following successes (primarily in support of the pockets at Demyansk and Cholm)…
- 53,240 individual flights flown
- 7,905,600 kilometers flown
- 13,351 tons of supplies delivered
- 65,687 soldiers (including 22,102 wounded) transported
Following the redeployment of the Gruppe to the southern sector of the Eastern front, the following successes were achieved in the time period 04.08.-11.12.1942 (many in support of the troops at Stalingrad)…
- 2,655,700 kilometres flown
- 6,706 tons of supplies delivered
- 19,179 soldiers (including 10,577 wounded) transported
By the time of his award Zähr himself had also achieved a personal total of 182 front flights.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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