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Hubertus Hitschhold

Hubertus Hitschhold
Hubertus Hitschhold
Born (1912-07-07)7 July 1912
Kurwin
Died 10 March 1966(1966-03-10) (aged 53)
Söcking, now part of Starnberg
Allegiance Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service 1930–45
Rank Generalmajor
Unit StG 2
Commands held I./StG 2
Battles/wars

World War II

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

Hubertus Hitschhold (7 July 1912 – 10 March 1966) was a German World War II Luftwaffe Stuka ace.[Note 1] He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub). 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.

Military career

Hubertus Hitschhold joined the military service in the Reichswehr on 1 April 1930 after receiving his Abitur. He was immediately selected for flight training. Beginning in April 1930 until March 1931 he was trained at the Deutsche Verkehrsfliegerschule at Schleißheim and received his pilot license. He continued his flight training at Lipetsk in Russia, where he was trained as a fighter pilot.

On 1 October 1931 he was transferred to the 2. (Pr.) Reiterregiment. Promoted to Leutnant on 1 August 1933 he transferred to the newly formed Luftwaffe in 1935. In 1936 he became one of the first Stuka pilots and a Staffelkapitän in 1937.

The I./StG 2 under the command of Hitschhold participated in the Battle of Crete and sank the British destroyers Greyhound on 22 May 1941 and the Kelly and Kashmir on 23 May 1941.[1]

Awards

Notes

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

References

Citations
  1. ^ Brütting 1992, p. 132.
  2. ^ a b MacLean 2007, p. 230.
  3. ^ a b Thomas 1997, p. 284.
  4. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 228.
  5. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 57.
Bibliography
Military offices
Preceded by
Oberleutnant Otto Weiß
Commander of Schlachtgeschwader 1
18 June 1942 – June 1943
Succeeded by
Oberleutnant Alfred Druschel
Preceded by
Oberstleutnant Dr. Ernst Kupfer
General der Schlachtflieger
12 November 1943 – 8 May 1945
Succeeded by
disbanded
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