- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberstleutnant im Generalstab (Wing Commander with General Staff)
- Kommodore Kampfgeschwader 30
- Awarded on:
- July 29th, 1940
Awarded for the successes of his Geschwader (the first to be equipped with the Ju 88) against the ground facilities of the Netherlands Air Force at the start of the Battle of France as well as against Allied shipping around Great Britain. During the first year of the war his Geschwader claimed to have sunk a total of 663000 GRT of enemy shipping (including 248000 GRT worth of warships), and damaged another 528000 GRT.