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Ostermann, Max-Helmuth

Date of birth:
December 11th, 1917 (Hamburg/Lower Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:
August 9th, 1942 (Amossowo/Ilmensee, Eastern front)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Ostermann achieved 102 victories in over 300 operational sorties.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 31st, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 7. / Jagdgeschwader 54
Awarded on:
September 4th, 1941
Details:
315th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant
Unit:
Staffelkapitän 7. / Jagdgeschwader 54
Awarded on:
March 10th, 1942
Details:
81st Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 24th, 1942
Action:
Oberleutnant Ostermann achieved his 83rd to 85th aerial victory yesterday.
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 7th, 1942
Action:
Oberleutnant Ostermann achieved his 95th and 96th aerial victory yesterday.
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 14th, 1942
Action:
Oberleutnant Ostermann, squadron leader in a fighter wing, achieved his 100th aerial victory yesterday.
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant
Unit:
Staffelkapitän 7. / Jagdgeschwader 54
Awarded on:
May 17th, 1942
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Details:
10th Award
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 14th, 1942
Action:
The recipient of the Oak Leaves with Swords to the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross Oberleutnant Ostermann, squadron leader in the fighter wing Trautloft, did not return from the flight against the enemy after his 102nd aerial victory. With this courageous officer the Luftwaffe loses one of their most daring and successful fighter pilots.
Wehrmachtbericht

Sources

  • Photo 1: Wilco Vermeer
  • Photo: Wilco Vermeer collection, the Netherlands
  • - Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
    - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
    - Kurowski F., Oberleutnant Otto Kittel, Der erfolgreichste Jagdflieger des Jagdgeschwaders 54, Flechsig Verlag, Würzburg, 2007
    - History Shop

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