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Otto Tange
Born (1915-09-22)September 22, 1915
Died 30 July 1943(1943-07-30) (aged 27)
Place of birth Hochdonn
Place of death Bolkhov
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service ?–1943
Rank Oberleutnant (Posthumously)
Unit JG 51

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Otto Tange (22 September 1915 – 30 July 1943) was a German Luftwaffe ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross during World War II. Tange claimed 68 aerial victories, 3 over the Western Front and 65 over the Eastern Front. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.


Otto Tange was a member of the Luftwaffe at the beginning of the war and participated in the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain. During the Battle of Britain he claimed his first three victories. Tange then participated in Operation Barbarossa, by the end of 1941 he claimed 33 more victories. On 19 March 1942 Otto Tange was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross for having 40 victories. Tange was killed by anti-aircraft fire on 30 July 1943. At the time of his death, his total was 68 victories.



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