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Wilhelm Beier
Born (1913-11-18)November 18, 1913
Died 12 July 1977(1977-07-12) (aged 63)
Place of birth Homberg
Place of death Moers
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service ?–1945
Rank Oberleutnant
Unit NJG 2
NJG 1
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Wilhelm Beier (18 November 1913 – 12 July 1977) was a Luftwaffe night fighter ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross during World War II. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Beier claimed 38 aerial victories, all of them at night.[Notes 1]

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Reference in the Wehrmachtbericht[edit | edit source]

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
Thursday, 23 April 1942 Oberfeldwebel Gildner erzielte in der Nacht zum 23. April seinen 30. und Oberfeldwebel Beier seinen 15. Nachtjagdsieg.[3] Oberfeldwebel Gildner reached in the night to 23 April his 30th and Oberfeldwebel Beier his 15th nocturnal aerial victory.

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  1. For a list of Luftwaffe night fighter aces see List of German World War II night fighter aces.

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Citations
  1. Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 34.
  2. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 109.
  3. Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939-1945 Band 2, p. 94.
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.
  • Obermaier, Ernst (1989). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe Jagdflieger 1939–1945 (in German). Mainz, Germany: Verlag Dieter Hoffmann. ISBN 3-87341-065-6.
  • Patzwall, Klaus D. and Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941–1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall (in German). ISBN 3-931533-45-X.
  • 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.
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939-1945 Band 2, 1. Januar 1942 bis 31. Dezember 1943 (in German). München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 1985. ISBN 3-423-05944-3.

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