Herling, Wilfried

Date of birth:
June 7th, 1920 (Dortmund/Westernphalia, Germany)
Date of death:
November 28th, 1943 (Kostromka/Ukrain, Soviet Union)
Buried on:
German War Cemetery Kirovohrad
Plot: 15. 
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Wilfried Herling was killed on November 28th, 1943 at the airfield Bolsch. near Kostromka. He was posthumously promoted to Hauptmann. By this time his mission count stood at approximately 700.

When his body was transferred to the German cemetery Kirowograd he could not with certainty be identified. Therefore he was buried as an unknown soldier in Plot 15.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer
Awarded on:
April 27th, 1942
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit:
8. Staffel, III. Gruppe, Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
August 21st, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Staffelführer, 7. Staffel, III. Gruppe, Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
April 4th, 1943
Awarded after flying over 500 ground attack sorties. By this time he had destroying the following enemy materiel…

- 26 tanks
- 10 AA positions
- 21 field artillery positions
- 6 supply trains
- 2 armoured trains
- 1 important bridge

He also had damaged one 8000 GRT cruiser and one 2000 GRT freighter.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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