Wick, Helmut Paul Emil

Date of birth:
August 5th, 1915 (Mannheim/Baden, Germany)
Date of death:
November 28th, 1940 (Over The Channel)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Was the most successful German fighter pilot in the fall of 1940 along with Mölders and Galland. By the time of his death he had achieved 56 aerial victories.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit:
3. / Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen"
Awarded on:
December 21st, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit:
3. / Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen"
Awarded on:
June 6th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 26th, 1940
Details:
The Fighter Wing Richthofen exceeded its 250th victory in yesterday's aerial battles. Oberleutnant Wick achieved his 19th and 20th aerial victory.
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Staffelkapitän 3. / Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen"
Awarded on:
August 27th, 1940
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Action:
Awarded after 20 aerial victories.
Details:
107th Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 6th, 1940
Details:
Hauptmann Wick shot down five fighters in aerial combat on the same day, hereby achieving his 41st aerial victory.
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommodore I. / Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen" (Kommandeur I. / Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen")
Awarded on:
October 6th, 1940
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Awarded after 42 aerial victories.
Details:
4th Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 8th, 1940
Details:
Major Wick achieved his 48th to 53rd aerial victory on the 6th and 7 November by the shooting down six enemy aircraft.
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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 26th, 1940
Details:
The Baron von Richthofen Fighter Wing under the leadership of Major Wick achieved its 500th aerial victory.
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 4th, 1940
Details:
The Commodore of Fighter Wing Richhofen, Major Wick, failed to return from a combat operation after recording his 56th aerial victory. Major Wick, who was decorated with the Oak leaves to the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross for his heroic actions and struggle for the future of the German people, will live on as an example to the German people and especially to the German youth.
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