Hinrichs, Ernst

Date of birth:
March 10th, 1916 (Jeddeloh-Westerstede/Oldenburg, Germany)
Date of death:
January 25th, 2009 (Aurich/Lowersaxony, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

During the Second World War, Ernst Hinrichs finally reached the rank of Hauptmann. After the war he served with the Bundeswehr until 31st March 1973 and finally reached the rank of Oberst.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 2. / Kampfgeschwader 51
Awarded on:
June 15th, 1942
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer, 2. Staffel, I. Gruppe, Kampfgeschwader 51 "Edelweiss", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
July 25th, 1942
Action:
Awarded for his accomplishments as a bomber pilot. By the time of receiving the award he had flown 172 sorties, and achieved the following notable successes…

- Sunk a Soviet landing craft and torpedo boat off the coast of Kerch in December 1941.
- Sunk a 4000 GRT freighter in the Black Sea.
- Dive-bombed and sank an anti-aircraft barge in the Severnaya Bay (near Sevastopol) on the 18.06.1942.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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