- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberfeldwebel (Flight Sergeant)
- Flugzeugführer II. / Kampfgeschwader 26
- Awarded on:
- July 31st, 1940
Awarded in recognition of the outstanding successes he had achieved as a bomber pilot in the first months of the war against British shipping, which included the sinking of an anti-aircraft cruiser.
By the time of his award he had flown just 60 sorties, and was the first bomber crewman to receive the award alongside Leutnant von Schwerin.