Herrmann, Hans-Joachim "Hajo"

Date of birth:
August 1st, 1913 (Kiel, Germany)
Date of death:
November 5th, 2010 (Düsseldorf/North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 27th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Staffelkapitän 7. / Kampfgeschwader 4
Awarded on:
September 28th, 1940
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Staffelkapitän, 7. Staffel, III. Gruppe, Kampfgeschwader 4, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
October 13th, 1940
Awarded for his achievements as a bomber pilot. He particularly distinguished himself during the following operations…

- Attacks against Polish troop concentrations in the Kutno pocket.
- The attack against the Fortress Dröbak (during the Norwegian campaign.
- Reconnaissance and anti-submarine sorties in the Skagerrak-Kattegat area.
- Raids against British landing positions at Namsos and Andalsnes.
- Attacks against the Dutch airfields at Amsterdam-Schiphol and Bergen op Zoom.
- Mining operations against the mouth of the Thames.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
III. Gruppe, Kampfgeschwader 30 "Adler", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
June 5th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Award 1/61.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major (Squadron Leader)
Unit:
Kommodore, Jagdgeschwader 300, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
August 2nd, 1943
Awarded for the following achievements…

- Scoring a direct hit on the ammunition freighter “Clan Fraser” in the harbour of Malta (06./07.04.1941). The resulting explosion destroyed a total of 11 ships with 41942 GRT.
- Developing the “Wilde Sau” single-engined night-fighter tactics.
- Achieving 6 aerial victories of his own.
269th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Group Captain)
Unit:
Inspekteur, Deutschen Luftverteidigung, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
January 23rd, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Awarded for achieving a grand total of 9 aerial victories against four-engined bombers as well as his development of innovative fighter tactics.
43rd Award.

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