Höfer, Heinrich "Heinz"

Date of birth:
July 14th, 1911 (Oeynhausen/Westphalia, Germany)
Date of death:
January 2nd, 1996 (Bad Oeynhausen/Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
1937: Leutnant;
?: Oberleutnant;
April 1st, 1941: Hauptmann;
?: Major.

Career:
December 28th, 1929: Infanterie-Regiment 18;
October 1st, 1933: Luftwaffe;
1938: Kampfgeschwader 55;
?: Staffel-Offizier Kampfgeschwader 55;
March 1942 - November 1944: Ia Kampfgeschwader 55;
November 1942 - February 1943: Ia Versorgungsführer Stalingrad;
September 19th, 1942: Kommandeur II. Gruppe, Kampfgeschwader 55;
October 1944: Generalstabsausbildung, Luftkriegsakademie, Berlin;
?: Quartiermeister der Luftwaffe in Italien.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 16th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 12th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
November 3rd, 1941
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
Stab, Kampfgeschwader 55, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
July 16th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
Kommandeur, II. Gruppe, Kampfgeschwader 55, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
September 3rd, 1943
Awarded for his outstanding achievements as a bomber Gruppe commander and his personal total of 272 sorties flown. Among his successes included…

- The destruction of an enemy artillery battery near Kap Penaj (17.04.1943).
- An attack on the Poti harbour (22.04.1943).
- A night raid against the Bataisk train station (10.05.1943).
- Another night raid against the Kursk railway station (02.06.1943).
- Six night attacks against the vehicle factory Nr. 1 Molotov, located at Gorkij-Awtosawod, as part of the overall attacks by Luftflotte 6 (June 1943).
- Attacks on the Jaroslawl rubber plant (09./10.06.1943 & 20./21.06.1943).
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major (Squadron Leader)
Unit:
Kommandeur, II. Gruppe, Kampfgeschwader 55, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
November 18th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Awarded for his continued distinguished leadership of his Gruppe as well as reaching a mission count of 411. His unit particularly distinguished itself during resupply missions to Stalingrad, supporting the evacuation of Crimea and participating in the famous Poltava raid on the 22.06.1944.
656th Award.

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