Herrmann, Benno

Date of birth:
January 4th, 1918 (Nuremberg, Germany)
Date of death:
February 7th, 1999 (Nuremberg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Flew a total of about 250 sorties in the east and west. In this time he and his crew shot down 6 enemy aircraft (probably all in the east).

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
3. / Kampfgeschwader 76
Awarded on:
September 15th, 1941
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
4. Staffel, II. Gruppe, Kampfgeschwader 76, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
March 19th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer, 4. Staffel, II. Gruppe, Kampfgeschwader 76, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
June 19th, 1942
Awarded for his successes as a bomber pilot, particularly on the Eastern front. Here, primarily flying over the central sector, Herrmann and his crew destroyed 35 locomotives and 10 aircraft on the ground. He also distinguished himself by a major feat of flying in early 1942. His aircraft had been rammed by a Soviet fighter, which wrecked the aircraft’s port engine. However Herrmann’s gunner shot down this fighter, and Herrmann himself managed to bring his aircraft back to base on just one engine.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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