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Wilhelm Spies

Wilhelm Spies
Born 26 August 1913
Died 27 January 1942(1942-01-27) (aged 28)
Suchinitschi, Russia
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer (1933–35)
Luftwaffe (1935–42)
Years of service 1933–42
Rank Major (Posthumously)
Unit Zerstörergeschwader 26
Commands held 1./ZG 26

Spanish Civil War
World War II

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

Wilhelm Spies (26 August 1913 – 27 January 1942) was a German Luftwaffe ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves during World War II. Wilhelm Spies was shotdown on 27 January 1942 near Suchinitschi, Russia. He was posthumously promoted to Major and awarded the Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross on 5 April 1942. During his career he was credited with 20 aerial victories, 10 over the Western Front and 10 over the Eastern Front.



  1. ^ a b Thomas 1998, p. 335.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 329.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 53.

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  • Luftwaffe 39-45
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