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Heinrich Paepcke

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Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Rank  Major (Posthumously)
Died  October 17, 1942, Malta
Years of service  1935–42
Name  Heinrich Paepcke
Service/branch  Luftwaffe
Battles/wars  World War II Invasion of Norway Battle of Britain Operation Barbarossa Siege of Leningrad Siege of Malta †
Awards  Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Battles and wars  World War II, Operation Weserubung, Battle of Britain, Operation Barbarossa, Siege of Leningrad, Siege of Malta
Unit  Kampfgeschwader 30, Kampfgeschwader 77
Commands held  Kampfgeschwader 30, Kampfgeschwader 77

Heinrich Paepcke (11 December 1910 – 17 October 1942) 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. Heinrich Paepcke was killed on 17 October 1942 over the island of Malta, he was posthumously awarded the Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross on 19 December 1942 and was promoted to Major.

Awards and decorations

  • Flugzeugfuhrerabzeichen
  • Front Flying Clasp of the Luftwaffe
  • Ehrenpokal der Luftwaffe (21 September 1942)
  • Iron Cross (1939)
  • 2nd Class
  • 1st Class
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
  • Knight's Cross on 5 September 1940 as Oberleutnant and Staffelkapitan of the 7./Kampfgeschwader 30
  • 154th Oak Leaves on 19 December 1942 as Hauptmann and Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Kampfgeschwader 30
  • References

    Heinrich Paepcke Wikipedia


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