- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Feldwebel (Sergeant)
- Flugzeugführer, 14.(Eis) Staffel, Kampfgeschwader 27, Luftwaffe
- Awarded on:
- April 17th, 1945
Awarded for distinguishing himself over the course of 430 bomber sorties. He particularly excelled as a train-busting pilot during the latter part of his career. In this capacity he destroyed or badly damaged 49 transport trains with more than 2000 railway cars over the course of 171 sorties. Almost all of these were flown at night and at very low altitudes. Particularly noteworthy were his attacks against the railway stations at Proletardkik (06.09.1943), Fastov (beginning of 1944) and Krasny (05.08.1944).