Handke, Erich

Date of birth:
November 2nd, 1920 (Darmstadt,Hessen)
Date of death:
November 11th, 1987 (Neckargemünd,Baden-Württemberg)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier
Unit:
12. Staffel, IV. Gruppe, Nachtjagdgeschwader 1, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
March 29th, 1944
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Fahnenjunker-Feldwebel (Sergeant)
Unit:
Bordfunker, IV. Gruppe, Nachtjagdgeschwader 1, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
July 27th, 1944
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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