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Gerhard Brenner
Born 29 August 1918
Died 14 June 1942 (1942-06-15) (aged 23)
Place of birth Ludwigsburg
Place of death south of Gavdos in the Aegean sea
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service 1937–1945
Rank Leutnant der Reserve
Unit LG 1
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Gerhard Brenner (29 August 1918 – 29 June 1942) was a German World War II Luftwaffe bomber pilot and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German language: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Brenner sank the HMS Fiji on 22 May 1941 during the Battle of Crete and severely damaged the HMS Jackal on 11 May 1942. Beyond that he is credited with the sinking of 11 Allied merchant vessels totaling 61,000 gross register tons (GRT).[1]

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Citations
  1. Schumann 2007, p. 35.
  2. Scherzer 2007, p. 243.
Bibliography
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Kaiser, Jochen (2010). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Kampfflieger—Band 1 (in German and English). Bad Zwischenahn, Germany: Luftfahrtverlag-Start. ISBN 978-3-941437-07-4.
  • Kurowski, Franz. Luftwaffe Aces. Winnipeg: J.J. Fedorowicz Publishing Inc., 1996. ISBN 0-921991-31-2.
  • MacLean, French L. (2007). Luftwaffe Efficiency & Promotion Reports — For the Knight's Cross Winners. Atglen, Pennsylvania: Schiffer Military History. ISBN 978-0-7643-2657-8.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.
  • Schumann, Ralf (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 des LG 1 (in German). Zweibrücken, Germany: VDM Heinz Nickel. ISBN 978-3-86619-013-9.

External links[edit | edit source]

"Gerhard Brenner". Ritterkreuzträger 1939–45. http://www.ritterkreuztraeger-1939-45.de/Luftwaffe/B/Br/Brenner-Gerhard.htm. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 

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