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Wilhelm Antrup
Born (1910-02-01)February 1, 1910
Died November 14, 1984(1984-11-14) (aged 74)
Place of birth Leeden
Place of death Neubiberg
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany (to 1945)
 West Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe (Wehrmacht)
Luftwaffe (Bundeswehr)
Years of service 1935–1945
1956–1968
Rank Oberstleutnant (Wehrmacht)
Brigadegeneral (Bundeswehr)
Unit Condor Legion
Kampfgeschwader 55
Commands held Kampfgeschwader 55
Battles/wars

Spanish Civil War
World War II

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

Wilhelm "Willy" Antrup (1 February 1910 – 14 November 1984) was a highly decorated Oberstleutnant 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 (German language: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub). 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. Wilhelm Antrup was captured by American troops in May 1945.

In 1956, joined the post war Luftwaffe of the new founded Bundeswehr as an Oberst.[1] In 1964, he became commander of the Höhere Technische Schule der Luftwaffe (Higher Technical School of the Luftwaffe), which was reorganized to the Technische Akademie der Luftwaffe (Technical Academy of the Luftwaffe) on June 1, 1966. His rank was Brigadegeneral. Antrup was retired in March 1968.[2]

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Citations
  1. ANTRUP, Wilhelm "Willy", ww2awards.com
  2. Training institutions of the Luftwaffe
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Scherzer 2007, p. 193.
  4. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 100.
  5. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 77.
Bibliography
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945 (in German). 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 (1997). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 1: A–K (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 3-7648-2299-6.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Oberstleutnant Dr. Ernst Kühl
Commander of Kampfgeschwader 55
8 August 1943 - 1 October 1944
Succeeded by
None


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