Karl Henze

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Karl Henze
Born 20 January 1916
Holzminden
Died 25 September 1985(1985-09-25) (aged 69)
Neunkirchen-Seelscheid
Allegiance  Nazi Germany (to 1945)
 West Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe (Wehrmacht)
Luftwaffe (Bundeswehr)
Years of service 1936–45
?–1970
Rank Major (Wehrmacht)
Oberst (Bundeswehr)
Unit StG 77
SchlG 102
SchlG 103
SchlG 151
Commands held SchlG 102
SchlG 103
SchlG 151
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Karl Henze (20 January 1916 – 25 September 1985) 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. Karl Henze was taken prisoner at the end of the war and later joined the postwar Luftwaffe retiring as an Oberst. During his career he flew 1098 missions.[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 1997, p. 270.
  2. Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 179.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 184.
  4. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 70.

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>
  • 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>

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