Höflinger, Karl

Date of birth:
July 13th, 1917 (Kirchheim/Württemberg, Germany)
Date of death:
April 18th, 1941 (The English Channel)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Karl Höfflinger was shot down over the English Channel on April 18th, 1941.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve
Unit:
Flugzeugführer, 9. Staffel, III. Gruppe, Kampfgeschwader 77, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
March 7th, 1941
Awarded for his achievements during the battle of France but also, and especially for, a number of successful special missions during the Battle of Britain. Flying with the Ju 88, an example of such missions was his low-level raid (i.e. releasing bombs at an 80 metre altitude!) against the heavily-protected Standard Motor Company factory near Birmingham. He flew another such mission against a factory near Coventry. Despite heavy anti-aircraft fire that slightly wounded him, Höflinger nonetheless was able to complete the mission while scoring two direct hits on a factory building.
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