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Franz Kieslich

Franz Kieslich
Born 17 March 1913
Died 31 August 2012(2012-08-31) (aged 99)
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service 1935–1945
Rank Major (Wehrmacht)
Oberstleutnant (Bundeswehr)
Unit StG 168
StG 77
SG 77
Commands held III./SG 77

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
Other work Police officer

Franz Kieslich (17 March 1913 – 31 August 2012[1][2]) was a highly decorated Major in the Luftwaffe during World War II and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves during World War II. 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. During his career, Franz Kieslich was credited with flying 1078 missions, sinking 10 ships totaling 23,000 BRT, a destroyer and a submarine.[Notes 1]



  1. ^ For a list of Luftwaffe ground attack aces see List of German World War II Ground Attack aces
  2. ^ According to Scherzer on 18 October 1944 as leader of the III./Schlachtgeschwader 77.[6]


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  2. ^ Postado por Júlio. "Nota de Falecimento: Franz Kieslich". Sala de Guerra. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  3. ^ a b Thomas 1997, p. 362.
  4. ^ Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 227.
  5. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 210.
  6. ^ a b Scherzer 2007, p. 440.
  7. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 76.

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  • World War 2
  • Luftwaffe 1939-1945 History
Military offices
Preceded by
Hauptmann Georg Jakob
Commander of III. Sturzkampfgeschwader 77
1 January 1943 – 18 October 1943
Succeeded by
Unit merged into Schlachtgeschwader 77
Preceded by
Previously Sturzkampfgeschwader 77
Commander of III. Schlachtgeschwader 77
18 October 1943 – 20 February 1945
Succeeded by
Hauptmann Gerhard Stüdemann
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