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Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Name  Werner Baumbach
Years of service  1936–45
Battles and wars  World War II

Battles/wars  World War II
Service/branch  Luftwaffe
Other work  Test pilot
Rank  Oberst
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Born  27 December 1916 Cloppenburg, Lower Saxony (1916-12-27)
Commands held  5./KG 30, I./KG 30, KG 200
Awards  Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
Died  October 20, 1953, La Plata, Argentina
Books  The life and death of the Luftwaffe, Broken Swastika: The Defeat of the Luftwaffe
Unit  Kampfgeschwader 30, Kampfgeschwader 200

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Werner Baumbach (27 December 1916 – 20 October 1953) was a German bomber pilot during World War II. He commanded the secret bomber wing Kampfgeschwader 200 (KG 200) of the Luftwaffe, the air force of Nazi Germany. Baumbach received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords for the destruction of over 300,000 gross register tons (GRT) of Allied shipping.

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Career

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Baumbach entered the Luftwaffe in 1936 and after first training at the 2nd Air Warfare School (RAF Gatow|) was trained as a bomber pilot. He was one of the first pilots to fly the Junkers Ju 88 bomber and flew various bombing missions with Kampfgeschwader 30 (KG 30). On 19 April 1940 he bombed and damaged the French cruiser Émile Bertin for which he was awarded the Iron Cross 1st Class. In 1942, Baumbach was removed from active pilot duty and started working on new bomber designs; among others, he helped design the composite bomber system Mistel. In 1944, he was placed in command of the newly formed Kampfgeschwader 200 (KG 200) and was in charge of all Luftwaffe special missions. Baumbach was promoted to Oberstleutnant on 15 November 1944 and was tasked with leading the affairs of the General der Kampfflieger.

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After the war, Baumbach spent three years as a prisoner of war before he moved to Argentina where he worked as a test pilot. He died in a plane crash on 20 October 1953 while evaluating a British Lancaster bomber. He was interred in his hometown Cloppenburg.

Awards

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  • Front Flying Clasp of the Luftwaffe for Bomber Pilots in Gold with Pennant "200" in Silver (22 March 1941) & in Gold (1942)
  • Pilot/Observer Badge in Gold with Diamonds (14 July 1941)
  • Iron Cross (1939) 2nd Class (28 September 1939) & 1st Class (4 May 1940)
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
  • Knight's Cross on 8 May 1940 as Leutnant and pilot in the 5./KG 30
  • Oak Leaves on 14 July 1941 as Oberleutnant and Staffelkapitän of the 1./KG 30
  • Swords on 17 August 1942 as Hauptmann and Gruppenkommandeur of the I./KG 30

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    References

    Werner Baumbach Wikipedia


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