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Gerhard Loos
Born (1916-08-21)August 21, 1916
Died 6 March 1944 (1944-03-07) (aged 27)
Place of birth Kommern district of Brüx, Sudetenland
Place of death near Oldenburg
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Balkenkreuz.svg Luftwaffe
Rank Oberleutnant
Commands held 8./JG 54

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Gerhard Loos (21 August 1916 – 6 March 1944) was a German Luftwaffe fighter ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross during World War II. Loos is credited with 92 aerial victories, 14 of which claimed in Defense of the Reich.[1]

On 6 March 1944 Loos flying a Bf 109 G-6 "RX + DL" (Werksnummer 411922 — factory number) was shot down in aerial combat near Rheinsehlen by Lieutenant John Howell of the 357th Fighter Group. Hanging on his parachute he was drifting into a high voltage power line. Releasing the parachute at 20 metres (66 ft) he fell to his death.[2]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Weal 2007, p. 67.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Obermaier 1989, p. 160.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 295.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Obermaier, Ernst (1989). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe Jagdflieger 1939 - 1945 (in German). Mainz, Germany: Verlag Dieter Hoffmann. ISBN 3-87341-065-6.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 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.
  • Weal, John A. (2007). More Bf 109 Aces of the Russian Front — Band 76 von Osprey aircraft of the aces. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1-84603-177-X.
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