Alwin Boerst

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Alwin Boerst
File:Alwin Boerst.jpg
Born (1910-10-20)20 October 1910
Osterode
Died 30 March 1944(1944-03-30) (aged 33)
near Iaşi
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer (1934–37)
Luftwaffe (1937–44)
Years of service 1934–44
Rank Major
Unit StG 2
Commands held I./StG 2
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords (posthumous)

Major Alwin Boerst (born 20 October 1910 in OsterodeKilled in action 30 March 1944 near Iaşi) was a German World War II Luftwaffe Stuka ace.[Note 1] He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves and Swords was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Boerst participated in the Battle of Crete and assisted in the sinking of British destroyers Kelly and Kashmir.[1]

Together with his radio operator and gunner, Ernst Filius, he took off on 30 March 1944 for the first time flying a Ju 87G-1. They were shot down and killed during this mission north of Iaşi by ground fire. Oberfeldwebel Filius was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 19 May 1944. Boerst was posthumous honoured with the Swords to his Knight's Cross on 6 April 1944.[2] Boerst flew 1060 combat missions.

Awards

Notes

  1. For a list of Luftwaffe ground attack aces see List of German World War II Ground Attack aces
  2. No date given by Von Seemen.[7]

References

Citations

  1. Berger 2006, p. 39
  2. Brütting 1992, p. 103
  3. Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 48.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Thomas 1997, p. 61.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Scherzer 2007, p. 231.
  6. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 138.
  7. Von Seemen 1976, p. 90.
  8. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 63.
  9. Von Seemen 1976, p. 31.
  10. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 43.
  11. Von Seemen 1976, p. 16.

Bibliography

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  • Thomas, Franz (1997). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 1: A–K (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2299-6. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Von Seemen, Gerhard (1976). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 : die Ritterkreuzträger sämtlicher Wehrmachtteile, Brillanten-, Schwerter- und Eichenlaubträger in der Reihenfolge der Verleihung : Anhang mit Verleihungsbestimmungen und weiteren Angaben (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7909-0051-4. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Williamson, Gordon (2006). Knight's Cross, Oak-Leaves and Swords Recipients 1941–45. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84176-643-0.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

  • "Alwin Boerst". Lexikon der Wehrmacht (in German). Retrieved 10 July 2007. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>