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Heinrich Füllgrabe
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Born (1916-07-26)July 26, 1916
Died 30 January 1945(1945-01-30) (aged 28)
Place of birth Witzenhausen
Place of death Brieg
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service ?-1945
Rank Oberleutnant
Unit JG 52
JG 50

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Heinrich Füllgrabe (26 July 1916 – 30 January 1945) was a German Luftwaffe 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. Since joining the Luftwaffe in the late '30s, after the his training as a fighter pilot, Füllgrabe was appointed to serve as the Unteroffizier 9./JG 52 in spring 1941. Heinrich Füllgrabe became famous as a member of one of the most efficient units of the Luftwaffe, Karaya Quartet, where flying alongside Hermann Graf (212 kills), Alfred Grislawski (133) and Ernst Süß (68). Heinrich Füllgrabe was killed on 30 January 1945 by Soviet anti-aircraft fire near Brieg in Silesia. During his career he was credited with 67 aerial victories, all of them on the Eastern Front. His score includes five Il-2 Sturmoviks.



  1. According to Obermaier on 25 May 1942.[3]
  2. According to Scherzer as pilot in the III./Jagdgeschwader 52.[5]


  1. Patzwall 2008, p. 81.
  2. Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 127.
  3. Obermaier 1989, p. 115.
  4. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 189.
  5. Scherzer 2007, p. 323.
  • 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.
  • Patzwall, Klaus D. and Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941–1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II. Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 3-931533-45-X.
  • Patzwall, Klaus D. (2008). Der Ehrenpokal für besondere Leistung im Luftkrieg (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-08-3.
  • 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.
  • Spick, Mike (1996). Luftwaffe Fighter Aces. New York: Ivy Books. ISBN 0-8041-1696-2.

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