|Born||8 October 1916|
|Died||21 December 1981(aged 62)|
|Place of birth||Schierokau|
|Place of death||Rüdesheim am Rhein|
|Years of service||1935–1945|
|Rank||Leutnant der Reserve|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross|
Anton Korol (8 October 1916 – 21 December 1981) was a highly decorated Leutnant der Reserve in the Luftwaffe during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. During his career he flew 704 missions and was credited with the destruction of 99 tanks.
Anton Korol was very successful Panzerjäger (tank hunter) of all the Luftwaffe, he was credited with the destruction of 99 tanks. Korol was an excellent as a glider pilot during times of peace, he requested a transfer to the Luftwaffe, where he received his training. He began teaching at Stukavorschule in Graz, according to Stukaschule 2, located in Piacenza-Foggia. With the completion of the course, Korol was promoted to Lieutenant on 1 November 1942 and appointed to serve with the Ergänzungsstaffel (Training/Supplement Squadron) of Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann" in early 1943.[Note 1] Throughout the war, Lieutenant Antol Korol flew a total of 704 combat missions, during which he was shot down four times, destroyed 99 Soviet tanks (including a heavy Stalin tank) with Kanonenvogel, a Junkers Ju 87 G-2 with its twin Bordkanone 37 mm guns, and damaged over 200 others.
Anton Korol died of natural causes on 21 December 1981, at 65 years of age, in the town of Rüdesheim, West Germany.
Awards and decorations
- Aviator badge
- Front Flying Clasp of the Luftwaffe in Gold with Pennant "700"
- Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class
- 1st Class
- Wound Badge in Black
- German Cross in Gold (13 June 1944)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 12 March 1945 as Leutnant der Reserve and Staffelkapitan in the 10. (Pz)/Schlachtgeschwader 2 "Immelmann"
- For an explanation of Luftwaffe unit designations see Organisation of the Luftwaffe during World War II.
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