Ernst Gadermann

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Dr. med.
Ernst Gadermann
File:Ernst Gadermann.jpg
Born (1913-12-25)25 December 1913
Wuppertal
Died 26 November 1973(1973-11-26) (aged 59)
Hamburg
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Rank Oberstabsarzt
Unit StG 2, SG 2
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Other work Professor of Cardiology

Oberstabsarzt Dr. med. Ernst Gadermann[Note 1] (born 25 December 1913 in Wuppertal – died 26 November 1973 in Hamburg) was a German World War II doctor in the Sanitätsdienst. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. After World War II he became a well known cardiologist.

Military career

Gadermann joined the Luftwaffe in 1941, where he worked as a doctor in Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann" on the Eastern Front. In addition to his medical work, he was quickly coopted to the wing staff.

Later he became an observer and gunner in the III. Group. During World War II he flew more than 850 combat missions in Junkers Ju 87 (Stuka) aircraft as a rear gunner.[Note 2] From May 1944 until 8 February 1945, he flew with the most decorated German serviceman of the war, Hans-Ulrich Rudel. On this last mission, a 40 mm shell hit their Ju 87. Rudel was badly wounded in the right foot and crash landed inside German lines. Gadermann saved Rudel's life by pulling him from the severely damaged Ju 87 and stemming the bleeding. Later, Rudel's leg was amputated below the knee. Gadermann served the remainder of the war in a Medical Observation Center in Brunswick.

Awards

Later life

After the war Gadermann worked as heart and circulatory specialist in Hamburg. There in 1947 he and Adolf Metzner developed the basics of the first telemetric measurements of the ECG in athletes. Gadermann was chief of the 1972 Summer Olympics sports medicine faculty. He died of a heart attack on 26 November 1973 in Hamburg on his way to a lecture.

Notes

  1. In German a Doctor of Medicine is abbreviated as Dr. med. (Doctor medicinae).
  2. For a list of Luftwaffe ground attack aces see List of German World War II Ground Attack aces

References

Citations

  1. Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 128.
  2. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 190.
  3. Scherzer 2007, p. 324.

Bibliography

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  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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