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Walter Krauß

Walter Krauß
Born 11 March 1917
Died 17 July 1943(1943-07-17) (aged 26)
Allegiance Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer (1934–37)
Luftwaffe (1937–43)
Years of service 1934–43
Rank Major (Posthumously)
Unit Aufklärungsgruppe (Heer) 21
Sturzkampfgeschwader 2
Commands held III./StG 2

World War II

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

Walter Krauß[Note 1] (11 March 1917 – 17 July 1943) 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. Walter Krauß was killed on 17 July 1943, after Soviet bombers attacked the German airfield at Orel. He was posthumously promoted Major and on 3 January 1944 was awarded the Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross.

Awards and decorations


  1. ^ His name, in German, is spelled with a "sharp S"; see ß.


  1. ^ Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 252.
  2. ^ a b Scherzer 2007, p. 472.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 273.
  4. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 76.

External links

  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • World War 2
  • Luftwaffe 1939-1945 History
Military offices
Preceded by
Hauptmann Gustav Preßler
Commander of 1. Sturzkampfgeschwader 2
1 April 1943 - 17 July 1943
Succeeded by
Hauptmann Hans-Ulrich Rudel
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