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Wilhelm Mayer
Born (1917-12-05)December 5, 1917
Died 4 January 1945(1945-01-04) (aged 27)
Place of birth Fürth
Place of death near Emsland
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service ?-1945
Rank Leutnant
Unit JG 26
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Wilhelm Mayer (5 December 1917 – 4 January 1945) was a German Luftwaffe ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross during World War II. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. On 4 January 1945, Wilhelm Mayer was killed after being ambushed by RAF Spitfires near Emsland, Germany. He was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross on 12 March 1945. During his career he was credited with 27 aerial victories, all on the Western Front.

Awards

References

Citations
  1. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 250.
Bibliography
  • Caldwell, Donald L (1991). JG 26 Top Guns of the Luftwaffe. Ivy Books. ISBN 0-8041-1050-6.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Obermaier, Ernst (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. Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 3-931533-45-X.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). 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 (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.
  • Spick, Mike (1996). Luftwaffe Fighter Aces. New York: Ivy Books. ISBN 0-8041-1696-2.

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