Luckmann, Erich

Date of birth:
March 28th, 1915 (Dortmund-Brackel, Germany)
Date of death:
January 18th, 1943 (Stalingrad, USSR)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Obergefreiter (Corporal)
Unit:
Geschützführer 2./Flak-Regiment 241
Awarded on:
December 21st, 1942
Action:
The following newspaper article, dated 22.09.1942, describes how Obergefreiter Luckmann received the Knight’s Cross…

“Obergefreiter Luckmann particularly distinguished himself during the fighting for the blocking position north of Stalingrad on the 18.09.1942. As the commander of an 8.8 cm Flak gun, he coolly allowed the oncoming enemy steel colossuses advancing towards his position to get within close range, in order to ensure that his shots were hits. 9 heavy tanks fell victim to his AT rounds on this day, of which 3 were destroyed at ranges of 10 - 50 metres. The brave Obergefreiter has already shown his outstanding qualities during the fighting around Kharkov. Back then, in the role of gunner, he destroyed 8 enemy tanks.”

On the occasion of his being awarded the Knight’s Cross, it was added that his total of destroyed enemy tanks had been raised to 19.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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