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Wilhelm Stähler

Wilhelm "Willi" Stähler
Nickname(s) "Willi"
Born 23 September 1923
Died 27 August 1978(1978-08-27) (aged 65)
Allegiance Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service 1942–45
Rank Oberleutnant
Unit StG 2
SG 2

World War II

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

Heinrich Wilhelm "Willi" Stähler (23 September 1923 – 27 August 1978) was a highly decorated Oberleutnant 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. During his career he flew 1100 missions.[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. 339.
  2. ^ Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 453.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 330.
  4. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 83.

External links

  • World War 2
  • Luftwaffe 1939-1945 History
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