- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Major (Squadron Leader)
- Kommandeur, III. Gruppe, Kampfgeschwader 54, Luftwaffe
- Awarded on:
- February 5th, 1944
1. His successes on the Eastern front, where he and his crew destroyed 3 munitions, 3 goods and 2 fuel trains, 110 trucks, 5 tanks and 6 aircraft (on the ground).
2. Leading the III./KG 54 in missions against the Allied landings in southern Italy. Over the course of these operations the Gruppe destroyed 35 landing craft and 14 ships totalling 70,000 GRT (of which Zauner personally sank 2).