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Wilhelm "Willi" Stähler
Nickname "Willi"
Born (1923-09-23)September 23, 1923
Died 27 August 1978(1978-08-27) (aged 65)
Place of birth Cologne
Place of death Essen
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service 1942–1945
Rank Oberleutnant
Unit StG 2
SG 2
Battles/wars

World War II

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

Heinrich Wilhelm "Willi" Stähler (23 September 1923 – 27 August 1978) was a highly decorated Oberleutnant 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. During his career he flew 1100 missions.[Notes 1]

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Notes[]

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

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Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 Thomas 1998, p. 339.
  2. Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 453.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 330.
  4. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 83.
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.
  • 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 (in German). ISBN 3-931533-45-X.
  • 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.
  • Thomas, Franz (1998). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 2: L–Z (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 3-7648-2300-3.

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