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Helmut Leicht

Helmut Leicht
Born 2 November 1916
Died 26 June 1944(1944-06-26) (aged 25)
Allegiance Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service 1936–1945
Rank Major
Unit StG 77
SG 10
Commands held II./Sturzkampfgeschwader 77
III./Schlachtgeschwader 10

World War II

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

Helmut Leicht (2 November 1916 – 26 June 1944) 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. Helmut Leicht was listed as missing in action as of 26 June 1944 after a flight near Vitebsk, Belarus. He was posthumously awarded the Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross on 24 October 1944. During his career he flew 900 flights.[Notes 1]

Awards and decorations


  1. ^ For a list of Luftwaffe ground attack aces see List of German World War II Ground Attack aces


  1. ^ a b Thomas 1998, p. 19.
  2. ^ Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 274.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 235.
  4. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 76.

External links

  • World War 2
  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
Military offices
Preceded by
Major Kurt Huhn
Commander of Sturzkampfgeschwader 77
1 April 1943 – 18 October 1943
Succeeded by
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