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Gerhard Raht

Gerhard Raht
Born 6 June 1920
Reinfeld, Schleswig-Holstein
Died 11 January 1977(1977-01-11) (aged 56)
Reinfeld, Schleswig-Holstein
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service 1939–45
Rank Hauptmann
Unit NJG 3, NJG 2
Commands held I./NJG 2
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Gerhard Ferdinand Otto Raht (6 June 1920 – 11 January 1977) was a German Luftwaffe night fighter ace 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. Raht claimed 58 nocturnal aerial victories in 171 combat missions.[1][Notes 1]


Reference in the Wehrmachtbericht

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
10 February 1945
Der mit dem Ritterkreuz zum Eisernen Kreuz ausgezeichente Hauptmann Rath schoß in der Nacht zum 8. Februar sechs feindliche Flugzeuge ab.[7] The recipient of the Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross Hauptmann Rath shot down six enemy aircraft in the night to 8 February.


  1. ^ For a list of Luftwaffe night fighter aces see List of German World War II night fighter aces.
  2. ^ According to Scherzer as Staffelkapitän of the 4./NJG 3.[5]


  1. ^ a b Obermaier 1989, p. 75.
  2. ^ a b Thomas 1998, p. 180.
  3. ^ Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 364.
  4. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 348.
  5. ^ a b Scherzer 2007, p. 611.
  6. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 102.
  7. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939-1945 Band 3, p. 575.

External links

  • World War 2
  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht

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