- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Major (Squadron Leader)
- Kommandeur, II. Gruppe, Schlachtgeschwader 1, Luftwaffe
- Awarded on:
- October 14th, 1942
Awarded for distinguishing himself as a Gruppe commander. His unit’s close support proved to be decisive in enabling a Panzer-Division to establish a bridgehead on the eastern Don bank, and Darjes would be recognized with the Knight’s Cross for this achievement. By this time he had personally flown over 200 sorties.