Haupt, Karl

Date of birth:
September 4th, 1916 (Leipzig, Germany)
Date of death:
January 3rd, 1944 (Großburgwedel/Hanover, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel (Sergeant)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
January 25th, 1942
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel (Flight Sergeant)
Unit:
8. Staffel, III. Gruppe, Kampfgeschwader 3 "Blitz", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
September 9th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel (Flight Sergeant)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer, 8. Staffel, III. Gruppe, Kampfgeschwader 3 "Blitz", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
February 3rd, 1943
The following press article, dated 14.02.1943, describes the Knight’s Cross actions of Karl Haupt…

“On the recommendation of the Supreme Commander of the Luftwaffe, Reichsmarschall Göring, the Führer has awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross to Oberfeldwebel Haupt, pilot in a Kampfgeschwader. Oberfeldwebel Karl Haupt, born on the 04.06.1916 in Leipzig, has shown himself to be an outstanding bomber pilot in more than 350 sorties over the Balkans and the Eastern front. He achieved his successes through extraordinary bravery and ruthlessness.

During attacks against 12 occupied train stations he destroyed 22 transport trains. Furthermore he has destroyed 55 trucks, a munitions train and 3 large fuel dumps. Strong enemy fighter and anti-aircraft defenses were unable to prevent him from carrying out his missions. Oberfeldwebel Haupt is the son of an innkeeper and currently holds the profession of plumber. He received the German Cross in Gold in September 1942.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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