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Ulrich Grauert
File:File:Ulrich Grauert.jpg
Born (1889-03-06)6 March 1889
Died 15 May 1941(1941-05-15) (aged 52)
Place of birth Berlin, Germany
Place of death near Saint-Omer, France
Buried at German Military Cemetery in Nampcel, France
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Luftwaffe
Years of service 1909–1941
Rank Generaloberst
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Ulrich Grauert (6 March 1889 – 15 May 1941) was a German World War II Luftwaffe general 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.

Grauert was killed on 15 May 1941 when his Junkers Ju 52 7U+OM was shot down by F/Lt Jerzy Jankiewicz, flying a Supermarine Spitfire II P8130, and Sgt Wacław Giermer, flying a Spitfire II P7786, from the No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron near Saint-Omer on the French channel coast.[1]

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Wehrmachtbericht reference[edit | edit source]

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
Saturday, 24 May 1941 Während der Führung des Kampfes gegen England fand der Kommandierende General und Befehlshaber eines Fliegerkorps Generaloberst Grauert den Heldentod. Generaloberst Grauert, der sich besondere Verdienste um den Wiederaufbau der deutschen Luftwaffe erworben hatte, war mit seinem Fliegerkorps maßgeblich an den Erfolgen der Feldzüge in Polen und im Westen beteiligt. Als vorbildlicher Soldat und Befehlshaber führte er sein Korps zu den höchsten Leistungen im Kampf gegen das britische Mutterland.[3] During the leadership of the fight against England, the Commanding General and Commander of Air Corps Colonel General Grauert found a heros death. Colonel General Grauert, who had earned exceptional merit for the reconstruction of the German Air Force, was instrumentally involved with his Air Corps in the success of the campaigns in Poland and in the West. As an exemplary soldier and commander, he led his corps to the highest achievements in the fight against the British motherland.

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Citations
  1. Gretzyngier and Matusiak 2001, p. 118.
  2. Scherzer 2007, p. 346.
  3. Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 1, p. 537.
Bibliography
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Gretzyngier, Robert; Matusiak, Wojtek (2001). Poles in defence of Britain: a day-by-day chronology of Polish day and night fighter pilot operations, July 1940 - June 1941. London, UK: Grub Street. ISBN 978-1-902304-54-0.
  • 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.
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939-1945 Band 1, 1. September 1939 bis 31. Dezember 1941 (in German). München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 1985. ISBN 3-423-05944-3.

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Military offices
Preceded by
none
Commander of I. Fliegerkorps
11 October 1939 – 15 May 1941
Succeeded by
General der Flieger Helmuth Förster



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