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Hendrik Stahl
Born (1921-07-24)July 24, 1921
Died January 25, 2004(2004-01-25) (aged 82)
Place of birth Copenhagen Denmark
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
 West Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service 1939–1945
Rank Hauptmann (Wehrmacht)
Major (Bundeswehr)
Unit StG 2
SG 2

World War II

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

Hendrik Stahl (24 July 1921 – 25 January 2004) 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. Hendrik Stahl was captured by British troops in May 1945. In 1956 he joined the Bundeswehr, serving until 1959. During his career he flew 1200+ missions and was credited with the destruction of 100+ tanks and armoured vehicles. Within 18 months he destroyed 66 tanks, 74 trucks, 25 anti-aircraft and artillery positions, 4 volley guns and 4 bridges. [Notes 1]

Awards and decorations


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


  1. 1.0 1.1 Thomas 1998, p. 341.
  2. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 330.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 71.
  • 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. 
  • Obermaier, Ernst (1976) (in German). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe 1939–1945 Band II Stuka- und Schlachtflieger [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the Luftwaffe 1941 – 1945 Volume II Dive Bomber and Attack Aircraft]. Mainz, Germany: Verlag Dieter Hoffmann. ISBN 978-3-87341-021-3. 
  • 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. 
  • Thomas, Franz (1998) (in German). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 2: L–Z [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 2: L–Z]. Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2300-9. 

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