Hendrik Stahl

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Hendrik Stahl
Born 24 July 1921
Copenhagen
Died 25 January 2004(2004-01-25) (aged 82)
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
 West Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service 1939–45
1956–59
Rank Hauptmann (Wehrmacht)
Major (Bundeswehr)
Unit StG 2
SG 2
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Hendrik Stahl (24 July 1921 – 25 January 2004) was a highly decorated Major in the Luftwaffe during World War II, and one of only 882 recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Hendrik Stahl was captured by British troops in May 1945. In 1956 he joined the Bundeswehr, serving until 1959. During his career he flew 1200+ missions and was credited with the destruction of 100+ tanks and armoured vehicles. Within 18 months he destroyed 66 tanks, 74 trucks, 25 anti-aircraft and artillery positions, 4 volley guns and 4 bridges. [Notes 1]

Awards and decorations

Notes

  1. For a list of Luftwaffe ground attack aces see List of German World War II Ground Attack aces

References

Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 Thomas 1998, p. 341.
  2. Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 453.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 330.
  4. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 71.

Bibliography

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  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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