Spies, Wilhelm (Zerstörergeschwader 26)

Date of birth:
August 26th, 1913 (Rimpar, Germany)
Date of death:
January 27th, 1942 (Suchinitischl/Russia, Soviet Union)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Posthumously promoted to Major.

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Period:
Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)
Awarded on:
June 6th, 1939
Spanienkreuz, Bronze mit Schwertern
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 27th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 24th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
Staffelkapitän 1. / Zerstörergeschwader 26 "Horst Wessel"
Awarded on:
June 14th, 1941
Action:
Awarded after achieving 10 aerial victories as well as the destruction of 20 aircraft on the ground.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
Kommandeur 1. / Zerstörergeschwader 26
Awarded on:
April 5th, 1942
Action:
Received in recognition of his flying over 300 sorties flown as well as his accumulated total of 20 aerial victories.
Details:
85th Award.
Awarded posthumously.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

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