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Wilhelm Gänsler
File:File:Wilhelm Gänsler.jpg
Born (1919-05-22)May 22, 1919
Died 22 November 1985(1985-11-22) (aged 66)
Place of birth Arnstadt
Place of death Calw
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service 1938–1945
Rank Oberfeldwebel
Unit Nachtjagdgeschwader 1, Nachtjagdgeschwader 4
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Other work worked for the Schnaufer-Schlossbergkellerei

Wilhelm Gänsler (22 May 1919 – 22 November 1985)[1] was a highly decorated Oberfeldwebel in the Luftwaffe during World War II, a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. This decoration recognised extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. During his career Gänsler participated in 115 missions as an flight engineer or aerial gunner, some with Karl-Heinz Becker. He participated in 98 of Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer's victories.[Note 1] He received the Knight's Cross after 80 aerial victories participations and was recommended for the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves on 8 March 1945.[3]

Awards and decorations

Notes

  1. The RAF bomber Avro Lancaster ME453 (PO-L) lost on night air raid against Dortmund-Ems canal on 3 March 1945, presumably shot down by Heinz Schnaufer.[2]
  2. According to Obermaier on 20 March 1944.[3]
  3. According to Scherzer as air gunner in the Stab IV./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1.[7]

References

Citations
  1. "Gänsler, Wilhelm". Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 - 1945. Suderburg: Andreas Düfel. 2006. http://www.das-ritterkreuz.de/index_search_db.php4?modul=search_result_det&wert1=1650&searchword=G%E4nsler. 
  2. "The German Nightfighter force". An Ordinary Crew: 467 Squadron RAF. November 10, 2011. http://www.galgos.co.uk/54422/index.html. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Obermaier 1989, p. 116.
  4. Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 129.
  5. Patzwall 2008, p. 82.
  6. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 190.
  7. Scherzer 2007, p. 325.
Bibliography
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) (in German). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5. 
  • Hinchliffe, Peter (1999). Schnaufer: Ace of Diamonds. Brimscombe Port, UK: Tempus. ISBN 978-0-7524-1690-8. 
  • Obermaier, Ernst (1989). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe Jagdflieger 1939 – 1945 (in German). Mainz, Germany: Verlag Dieter Hoffmann. ISBN 3-87341-065-6.
  • Patzwall, Klaus D. and Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941–1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 3-931533-45-X.
  • Patzwall, Klaus D. (2008). Der Ehrenpokal für besondere Leistung im Luftkrieg (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-08-3.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007) (in German). 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. Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 

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