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Heinrich "Gaudi" Krafft
Nickname "Gaudi"
Born (1914-08-13)August 13, 1914
Died 14 December 1942(1942-12-14) (aged 28)
Place of birth Bilin
Place of death Belyi, Russia
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer (1935–1936)
Luftwaffe (1936–1942)
Years of service 1935–1942
Rank Hauptmann
Unit JG 51
Commands held I./JG 51
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Heinrich "Gaudi" Krafft (13 August 1914 – 14 December 1942) 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. Heinrich Krafft was born on 13 August 1914, the son of an engineer in Bilin, Sudetenland. He joined the Wehrmacht in 1935 and volunteered for the Luftwaffe in 1936. Krafft was killed on 14 December 1942 after being beaten by Soviet troops following a crash landing. During his career he was credited with 78 aerial victories, 4 over the Western Front and 74 over the Eastern Front.

Awards

References

Citations
  1. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 222.
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 Wehrmachtsteile [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. 
  • 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. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Hauptmann Josef Fözö
Gruppenkommandeur of I./JG 51
1 June 1942 – 14 December 1942
Succeeded by
Hauptmann Rudolf Busch
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