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Hans-Dieter Frank

Hans-Dieter Frank
Born 8 July 1919
Died 28 September 1943(1943-09-28) (aged 24)
Allegiance Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service 1937–1943
Rank Major (Posthumously)
Unit ZG 1
Commands held I./NJG 1

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Hans-Dieter Frank (8 July 1919 – 28 September 1943) 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. Frank claimed 55 aerial victories.[Notes 1] 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. Frank was killed in a mid-air collision with another night fighter northwest of Celle in the night of 28/29 September 1943.[1] This collision was likely caused by an attack made on his fighter by RAF night fighter ace Bob Braham.[2]



  1. ^ For a list of Luftwaffe night fighter aces see List of German World War II night fighter aces.


  1. ^ Thomas 1997, p. 174.
  2. ^ Foreman, Mathews & Parry 2004, p. 77.
  3. ^ Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 119.
  4. ^ a b Scherzer 2007, p. 315.
  5. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 184.
  6. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 79.

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  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
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Preceded by
Major Werner Streib
Commander of I. Nachtjagdgeschwader 1
1 July 1943 – 22 September 1943
Succeeded by
Hauptmann Manfred Meurer
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