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Wilhelm Bromen
Born (1915-08-26)August 26, 1915
Died October 1, 1990(1990-10-01) (aged 75) aged (75)
Place of birth Dülmen
Place of death Innsbruck
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service 1941–1945
Rank Oberleutnant der Reserve
Unit StG 2
SG 2
SG 151
SG 9
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Wilhelm Bromen (26 August 1915 – 1 October 1990) was a highly decorated Oberleutnant der Reserve in the Luftwaffe during World War II, and a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Bromen was born on 26 August 1915 in Dülmen, Westphalia . In the autumn of 1941 after flight training he was posted to II./StG. 2 "Immelmann". He flew his 500th mission in December 1942, and after his 600th was awarded the Knight's Cross in April 1943.

During his career he flew 965 missions and was also credited with the destruction of 76 tanks, 4 armoured trains, 12 supply trains and 7 aerial victories.[Notes 1]

On 30 April 1945, Bromen was wounded when the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 he was flying was bounced and shot down by a Royal Air Force Spitfire XIV from 350 Squadron as he was attempting to land near Schwerin. During the same attack, Knight's Cross recipients Andreas Kuffner and Rainer Nossek were killed.

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. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 124.
Bibliography
  • 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.
  • 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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