FISCHER Erwin NEW~
* August 14th, 1912 (Dresden-Bühlau, Germany)
+December 10th, 1996 (Hamburg, Germany)
Knights Cross: April 21st, 1941
As: Oberleutnant Flugzeugführer, 1.(Fern) Staffel, Aufklärungsgruppe 121
Awarded for his achievements as a reconnaissance pilot on all fronts.
Oakleaves: February 8th, 1943
As: Hauptmann Staffelkapitän, 1.(Fern) Staffel, Aufklärungsgruppe 121
The following newspaper article (dated 11.02.1943) describes why Fischer was awarded the Oakleaves…
“First reconnaissance pilot with the Oakleaves - The distinguished Staffelkapitän Hauptmann Fischer
The Führer has awarded the Oakleaves to the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross to Hauptmann Erwin Fischer, Staffelkapitän in a Fernaufklärergruppe. He is the 191st soldier of the German Wehrmacht to be so honoured.
Hauptmann Fischer is the very first reconnaissance flyer to receive the Oakleaves. During the Polish campaign he flew operational reconnaissance flights as far as the Romanian and Polish border. In the western campaign he managed to endure an intense engagement with 3 Hurricanes while flying an He 111. He conducted additional reconnaissance missions that included flights to the Firth of Forth and Belfast as well as over the industrial areas in Northern Ireland and England. He sunk several patrol boats while conducting armed reconnaissance sorties over the ocean. In the Mediterranean Sea he flew hours-long sorties as far as the Suez Canal, and over the course of numerous sorties he obtained valuable information about enemy movements in Cyrenaica and Malta. His Staffel has just recently reported flying its 3000th combat sortie.”
Fischer had flown 273 combat sorties by the time he was awarded the Oakleaves.
Postwar signed photo measuring 7" x 5"
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