- Date of birth:
- November 2nd, 1920 (Darmstadt,Hessen)
- Date of death:
- November 11th, 1987 (Neckargemünd,Baden-Württemberg)
- German (1933-1945, German Reich)
Erich Handke was the Radio operator with NJG-1 for Oakleaves recipient Joseph Kraft, later with Diamonds recipient Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer and finally with Oakleaves recipient Martin Drewes. He flew 129 missions and participated in 59 night aerial victories.
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- Photo 1: Willi Schumacher Collection
- Photo: Willi Schumacher Collection
- - OBERMAIER, E., Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe, Hoffmann, 1989.
- PATZWALL, K. & SCHERZER, V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001.