Vinke, Heinz

Date of birth:
May 22nd, 1920 (Barby an der Elbe/Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:
February 26th, 1944 (Notrhwest of Dunkirk, France)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Heinz vinke was reported missing in action after he had been shot down over sea on February 26th, 1944.
Flew a total of approx. 150 sorties, during which he achieved 54 night victories.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
February 27th, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 1st, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel (Sergeant)
Awarded on:
March 29th, 1943
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel (Sergeant)
Unit:
5. / Nachtjagdgeschwader 2
Awarded on:
August 2nd, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel (Sergeant)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 11. / Nachtjagdgeschwader 1
Awarded on:
September 19th, 1943
Action:
Awarded after 29 night victories.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
February 2nd, 1944
Frontflugspange für Nah-Nachtjäger in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel (Flight Sergeant)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer II. / Nachtjagdgeschwader 1
Awarded on:
April 27th, 1944
Action:
Awarding posthumously, by which time he had achieved 54 night victories.
Details:
465th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

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