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Helmut Leicht
Born (1916-11-02)November 2, 1916
Died 26 June 1944(1944-06-26) (aged 25)
Place of birth Ludwigsburg
Place of death Vitebsk
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service 1936–1945
Rank Major
Unit StG 77
SG 10
Commands held II./Sturzkampfgeschwader 77
III./Schlachtgeschwader 10
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Helmut Leicht (2 November 1916 – 26 June 1944) was a highly decorated Major in the Luftwaffe during World War II, and one of only 882 recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Helmut Leicht was listed as missing in action as of 26 June 1944 after a flight near Vitebsk, Belarus. He was posthumously awarded the Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross on 24 October 1944. During his career he flew 900 flights.[Notes 1]

Awards and decorations

Notes

  1. For a list of Luftwaffe ground attack aces see List of German World War II Ground Attack aces

References

Citations
  1. Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 274.
  2. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 235.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 76.
Bibliography
  • Brütting, Georg (1995). Das waren die deutschen Stuka-Asse 1939 - 1945 (in German). Motorbuch, Stuttgart. ISBN 3-87943-433-6.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Obermaier, Ernst (1976). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe 1939–1945 Band II Stuka- und Schlachtflieger (in German). Mainz, Germany: Verlag Dieter Hoffmann. ISBN 3-87341-021-4.
  • 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.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). 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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Military offices
Preceded by
Major Kurt Huhn
Commander of Sturzkampfgeschwader 77
1 April 1943 – 18 October 1943
Succeeded by
None
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