- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
- Kommandeur, I. Gruppe, Kampfgeschwader 51 "Edelweiss", Luftwaffe
- Awarded on:
- June 20th, 1943
Awarded after flying 297 bomber sorties (counted as 306 front flights), the vast majority of these in the East. He particularly distinguished himself over the southern section of the Eastern front during the winter of 1942/43, in which he destroyed 30 aircraft on the ground, 8 tanks, 150+ trucks/horse-drawn wagons and 5 artillery positions. By the time of receiving the Knight’s Cross he had also scored hits on 2 Soviet destroyers and damaged 42500 GRT of shipping in the Black Sea.