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Hans Thurner
Born 24 October 1918
Died 11 June 1944(1944-06-11) (age 75)
Place of birth Innsbruck, Austria
Place of death La Cambe, France
Buried at La Cambe German war cemetery
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Balkenkreuz.svg Luftwaffe
Years of service 1938–1944
Rank Hauptmann
Unit Kampfgeschwader 55
Kampfgeschwader 6
Commands held I./Kampfgeschwader 6
Battles/wars

World War II

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

Hans Thurner (24 October 1918 – 11 June 1944) was a highly decorated Hauptmann 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. Hans Thurner was killed on 11 June 1944, and was posthumously awarded the Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross on 17 September 1944,

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Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 Thomas 1998, p. 380.
  2. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 343.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 75.
Bibliography
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: 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.
  • 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.
  • Thomas, Franz (1998). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 2: L–Z (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 3-7648-2300-3.
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