Zorner, Paul Anton Guido

    Date of birth:
    March 31st, 1920 (Roben/Leobschütz, Germany)
    Date of death:
    January 27th, 2014 (Homburg/Saarland, Germany)
    Nationality:
    German (1933-1945, German Reich)

    Biography

    Paul Zorner was born in Roben with the name of Paul Zloch as son to Paul Anton Zloch and Bibiana Zloch. During the Second WOrld War he was recognized for 59 air victories in 272 operational sorties of which 110 where nighfighter sorties.
    For his services as founder of the organisation "Partnerschaft mit Schlesien", Paul Zorner received the "Verdienstmedaille des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland" (May 9th, 2006).

    Promotions:
    April 1st, 1940: Leutnant;
    1942: Oberleutnant;
    March 1944: Hauptmann;
    December 1st, 1944: Major.

    Career:
    ? - March 8th, 1938: Staatlichen Gymnasium Carolinum, Neiße;
    ?: Reichsarbeitsdienst;
    November 1938: Luftwaffe;
    November 7th, 1938: Fliegerersatzabteilung 61, Oschatz;
    ?: 2. Kompanie, Fliegerersatzabteilung 61;
    March 1939: Luftkriegsschule (LKS) 2, Berlin-Gatow;
    November 1939 - March 1940: Flugzeugführerschule C 3, Alt-Lönnewitz, Sachsen;
    ?: Fluglehrer, Flugzeugführerschule C 3, Alt-Lönnewitz;
    ? - January 15th, 1941: Flugzeugführerschule (FFS) C 11, Zeltweg;
    ?: Flugzeugführerschule C 8, Wiener Neustadt;
    March 25th, 1941: 4. / Kampfgruppe zur besonderen Verwendung 104;
    October 10th, 1941: Nachtjagdschule 1, Schleißheim;
    ?; Nachtjagdausbildung, Fliegerhorst Ingolstadt/Manching;
    July 1st, 1942: 8. / Nachtjagdgeschwader 2, Gilze-Rijen;
    October 3rd, 1942: 10. Staffel / Nachtjagdgeschwader 3, Karup;
    December 6th, 1942: Staffelkapitän 2. Staffel / Nachtjagdgeschwaders 3, Fliegerhorst Wittmundhafen;
    March 16th, 1943: Staffelkapitän 3. / Nachtjagdgeschwader 3;
    September 10th, 1943: Staffelkapitän, 8. Staffel / Nachtjagdgeschwader 3;
    April 4th, 1944: Gruppenkommandeur III. / Nachtjagdgeschwader 5;
    October 22nd, 1944: Gruppenkommandeur II. / Nachtjagdgeschwaders 100;
    May 10th, 1945: Surrendered to U.S. Forces;
    May 17th, 1945 - January 5th, 1950: Soviet POW;
    January 1956 - May 1957: Bundesluftwaffe, Bundeswehr;
    ? - 1981: Chief Engineer Hoechst, Frankfurt.

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
    Unit:
    4. Staffel, Kampfgruppe zur besonderen Verwendung 104, Luftwaffe
    Awarded on:
    June 9th, 1941
    Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
    Unit:
    Staffelkapitän, 2. Staffel, I. Gruppe, Nachtjagdgeschwader 3, Luftwaffe
    Awarded on:
    March 12th, 1943
    Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
    Unit:
    Staffelkapitän, 3. Staffel, I. Gruppe, Nachtjagdgeschwader 3, Luftwaffe
    Awarded on:
    August 31st, 1943
    Details:
    Published in the Ehrenliste der Deutschen Luftwaffe on September 20th, 1943.
    Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
    Unit:
    Staffelkapitän, 8. Staffel, III. Gruppe, Nachtjagdgeschwader 3, Luftwaffe
    Awarded on:
    March 20th, 1944
    Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
    Unit:
    Staffelkapitän, 8. Staffel, III. Gruppe, Nachtjagdgeschwader 3, Luftwaffe
    Awarded on:
    June 9th, 1944
    Action:
    Awarded after 48 night victories.
    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
    Unit:
    Kommandeur, III. Gruppe, Nachtjagdgeschwader 5, Luftwaffe
    Awarded on:
    September 17th, 1944
    Action:
    Awarded after 58 night victories.
    Details:
    588th Award.
    Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
    Verdienstmedaille des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

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