January 25, 2004
| Hendrik Stahl|
| Nazi Germany
World War II
Battle of Britain
Invasion of Yugoslavia
Battle of Crete
Battle of Moscow
Battle of Stalingrad
Battle of Kursk
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Battle of Britain, Invasion of Yugoslavia
Sturzkampfgeschwader 2, Schlachtgeschwader 2
Front Flying Clasp of the Luftwaffe in Gold with Pennant "1200"
Ehrenpokal der Luftwaffe (20 October 1941)
Iron Cross (1939)
2nd Class (8 May 1941)
1st Class (31 July 1941)
German Cross in Gold on 2 December 1941 as Leutnant in the 7./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
Knight's Cross on 16 November 1942 as Hauptmann and pilot in the 8./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann"
506th Oak Leaves on 24 June 1944 as Major and Staffelkapitan of the 8./Schlachtgeschwader 2 "Immelmann"
Hendrik Stahl Wikipedia
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.