Wilke, Gustav

Date of birth:
March 6th, 1898 (Deutsch-Eylau, Germany)
Date of death:
March 14th, 1977 (Oberstdorf, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Wing Commander)
Unit:
Kampfgruppe z.b.V. 11
Awarded on:
May 24th, 1940
Action:
Awarded for his achievements during the attack on the Valkenburg airfield during the German attack on Holland. Specifically, he received it for his efforts during the battle for the airfield after the landing. Under heavy fire he gathered the crews of the scattered Ju 52s together, and with these was able to put up a strong fight against the numerically superior Dutch forces along with elements of the Infanterie-Regiment 47.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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