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Hans Buchholz
Born 28 July 1908
Died 19 May 1941(1941-05-19) (aged 32)
Place of birth Altlandsberg, Brandenburg
Place of death Atlantic Ocean
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Rank Oberleutnant (first lieutenant) of the Reserves
Commands held 1./KG 40
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Hans Buchholz (28 July 1907 – 19 May 1941) was a German Luftwaffe bomber pilot 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. He received this award for the destruction of 10 enemy merchant ships totaling 60,800 gross register tons (GRT), further damaging 8 ships of 48,000 GRT.[1]

On 19 May 1941, Buchholz was killed in action flying a Focke-Wulf Fw 200 during the Battle of the Atlantic in an attack on the freighter Umgeni. He was shot down in Fw 200 C-3 "F8+DH" (Werknummer 0060—factory number) by the ships anti-aircraft artillery 500 kilometers (310 miles; 270 nautical miles) off the southwestern coast of Ireland, killing him and the first radio operator Oberfeldwebel Paul Schmidt. The rest of the crew—copilot Oberfeldwebel Otto Kroke, second radio operator Unteroffizier Erhard Milde, air mechanic Oberfeldwebel Erich Kielke, air gunner Feldwebel Kurt Brattke and the meteorologist Regierungsrat (a civil servant) Friedrich Keller—was rescued and taken prisoner of war.[1]

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Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 Kaiser 2010, p. 116.
  2. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 147.
  3. Scherzer 2007, p. 249.
  4. Von Seemen 1976, p. 98.

Bibliography

  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) (in German). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches]. Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Forczyk, Robert (2010). Fw 200 Condor Vs Atlantic Convoy, 1941–43. Oxford; Long Island City, NY:: Osprey Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84603-917-1. 
  • Kaiser, Jochen (2010) (in German and English). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Kampfflieger—Band 1 [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the Bomber Flyer—Volume 1]. Bad Zwischenahn, Germany: Luftfahrtverlag-Start. ISBN 978-3-941437-07-4. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007) (in German). 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 [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives]. Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 
  • Von Seemen, Gerhard (1976) (in German). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 : die Ritterkreuzträger sämtlicher Wehrmachtteile, Brillanten-, Schwerter- und Eichenlaubträger in der Reihenfolge der Verleihung : Anhang mit Verleihungsbestimmungen und weiteren Angaben [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 : The Knight's Cross Bearers of All the Armed Services, Diamonds, Swords and Oak Leaves Bearers in the Order of Presentation: Appendix with Further Information and Presentation Requirements]. Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7909-0051-4. 

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