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Fritz Lüddecke
Nickname "Paul"
Born (1920-02-23)23 February 1920
Died 10 August 1944(1944-08-10) (aged 24)
Place of birth Brakel, Germany
Place of death Wilkowischken, Lithuania
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Balkenkreuz.svg Luftwaffe
Years of service 1940–1944
Rank Oberfeldwebel
Unit JG 51
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Fritz Lüddecke (23 February 1920 - 10 August 1944) was a Luftwaffe (German air force) fighter ace during the Second World war. He scored 51 victories in over 600 missions, including 150 fighter-bomber missions, all over the Eastern front.

On 10 August 1944 Lüddecke was shot down near Wilkowischken, and killed when his aircraft exploded as he was attempting an emergency landing. Oberfeldwebel Lüddecke was posthumously awarded 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.

Awards

References

Citations
  1. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 297.
Bibliography
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. 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.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die 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.

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