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Vladimir Kren
Born 1903
Died December 28, 1948(1948-12-28)
Place of death Zagreb, Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Allegiance  Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1922-1941)
 Independent State of Croatia (1941-1943; 1944-1945)
Service/branch Kingdom of Yugoslavia Yugoslav Royal Air Force
Independent State of Croatia Croatian Air Force
Years of service 1922-1943; 1944-1945
Rank Kingdom of Yugoslavia Captain
Independent State of Croatia Major General
Commands held Croatian Air Force
Battles/wars

World War II

Vladimir Kren (1903 – 2 December 1948) was a Croatian major general and commander of the Air Force during World War II.

He held the rank of captain in the Royal Yugoslav Air Force before defecting to the German army on 4 April 1941.[1] With him he took plans of Yugoslav air fields to give to German officials. On his return to the newly proclaimed NDH, he was named a colonel in the Croatian Home Guard.[1] He was subsequently named the head of the Air Force on 19 April 1941.[2]

He retired at his own request on 13 September 1943. However, he was brought back into service in June 1944, and remained in service until the defeat of the NDH in 1945. In 1948 he was arrested by the British while trying to escape and extradited to Yugoslavia. He was executed in Zagreb on 28 December.

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