- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Major (Squadron Leader)
- II.(K) Gruppe, Lehrgeschwader 1, Luftwaffe
- Awarded on:
- September 18th, 1940
Awarded for the successes of his Gruppe in the Norwegian Campaign, Battle of France and Battle of Britain. His Gruppe had sunk a total of 40000 GRT of enemy shipping by the time he was awarded the Knight’s Cross and had damaged many other ships as well (including a battleship during the Norwegian Campaign).