Hoffend, Jakob

Date of birth:
February 18th, 1901 (Cologne/Rhine Province, Germany)
Date of death:
June 28th, 1946 (Klinkum/Wegberg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Volkssturmmann
Unit:
Feuerwerker und Bombenräumer, Köln, Luftgau-Kommando VI Münster, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
February 7th, 1945
Awarded the Knight’s Cross for defusing a total of 1892 bombs in the city of Cologne. Among these were a couple of particularly dangerous assignments which included defusing one bomb that had landed in an oxygen plant and another in a gas tank that was full of fuel (thereby saving thousands of litres of valuable fuel).
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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