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Doench, Fritz

Date of birth:
May 19th, 1904 (Wittenberg an der Elbe/Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:
June 14th, 1942 (near Foggia, Italy)
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)


Fritz Doench was killed in an accidental aircrash on June 14th, 1942. At that moment he was Abteilungs-Chef in the Reichsluftfahrtministerium with the rank of Oberst.

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Major (Squadron Leader)
Kommandeur, I. Gruppe, Kampfgeschwader 30 "Adler", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
June 14th, 1940
The following wartime excerpt (dated 30.08.1940) describes why Doench received the Knight’s Cross…

“Major Fritz Doench has led his Kampfgruppe with great success in many bold attacks against the strongholds of the British Home Fleet (i.e. Scapa Flow and the Shetland isles) during the previous winter months. In the West he and his unit have inflicted particularly severe damage on the enemy in the Belgian-French coastal area. Major Doench has distinguished himself during all operations through his personal bravery.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes