Hozzel, Paul-Werner

Date of birth:
October 16th, 1910 (Hamburg, Germany)
Date of death:
January 7th, 1997 (Karlsruhe/Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 14th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 5th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
Kommandeur, I. Gruppe, Sturzkampfgeschwader 1, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
May 8th, 1940
Action:
Awarded for the major successes of his Gruppe during the Norwegian campaign against Allied shipping. On the 03.05.1940 his Gruppe sunk the French destroyer ‘Bison’ and the British destroyer ‘Afridi’. Over the course of the campaign his Gruppe also sunk a total of 60000 GRT worth of merchant shipping.

Hozzel was among the first wave of Stuka pilots to receive the Knight’s Cross.
Details:
10th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Wing Commander)
Unit:
Kommodore, Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
April 14th, 1943
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Awarded primarily for the leadership of his Geschwader during Case Blue, the battle of Stalingrad and the winter fighting on the southern sector of the Eastern front following that. He was also recognized for his earlier wartime achievements. On the 25.07.1940 his Gruppe along with the IV./LG 1 attacked the British convoy CW-8, sinking 5 ships with 5117 GRT and 2 destroyers, while also damaging another 5 freighters. Later, his Gruppe would launch another joint attack with the II./StG 2 on the 10.01.1941 in the Mediterranean Sea, this time against the British aircraft carrier ‘Illustrious’. 6 direct hits were scored on the warship with the result that it had to spend months in the USA being repaired.
Details:
230th Award.

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