Hptm. Walter Adolph (LW RKT)

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Hptm. Walter Adolph (LW RKT)

Post by Michael Miller » 22 Jul 2010 02:16

Seeking promotion dates for this officer. I've got nothing. And if someone has his award dates for the EK's I & II, that would be just swell as well.

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Walter A d o l p h
Hauptmann


* 11.06.1913 in Fontanelle / Bacău, Romania.
† 18.09.1941 over the English Channel off Blankenberge northwest of Ostende, Belgium. As Kdr. II.Gruppe / Jagdgeschwader 26 “Schlageter”, went missing after encountering a Spitfire- and Hurricane-escorted flight of Bristol Blenheim bombers while flying FW 190A-1 >>schwarzer Winkel<< (Werk-Nr. 0028) (the first combat loss of an FW 190 in the war; he was most likely shot down by the 7.25 victory RAF ace Flying Officer Cyril Babbage (with RAF 602 Sqdn).
Adolph’s corpse washed up near Knokke, Belgium, on 12.10.1941. Gravesite: Kriegsgräberstätte in Lommel, Belgium (Block 38 / Grave 459).

Promotions:
Leutnant
Oberleutnant
Hauptmann

Career:
Autumn 1937-Early 1938 Flugzeugführer in 1.Staffel / Jagdgruppe 88 (Legion Condor).
00.01.1939-09.07.1940 Staffelkapitän 2.Staffel / Jagdgeschwader 1 (redesignated as 8.Staffel / Jagdgeschwader 27, 09.07.1940).
09.07.1940-03.10.1940 Staffelkapitän of 8.Staffel / Jagdgeschwader 27.
04.10.1940-18.09.1941 Kommandeur II.Gruppe / Jagdgeschwader 26 “Schlageter”. In July 1941, this unit became the first equipped with the new Focke-Wulf FW 190 fighter.

Decorations & Awards:
13.11.1940 Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes as Hauptmann and Kdr. II.Gruppe / Jagdgeschwader 26 “Schlageter” (Following his 15th aerial victory)
26.10.1940 Ehrenpokal für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg as Hauptmann and Kdr. II.Gruppe / Jagdgeschwader 26 “Schlageter”
[06.06.?]1939 Deutsche Spanien-Kreuz in Gold mit Schwertern
1939 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse
00.00.194_ Frontflug-Spange für Tagjäger in Silber
00.00.194_ Frontflug-Spange für Tagjäger in Bronze
00.00.193_ Luftwaffen-Flugzeugführerabzeichen

Notes:
* Combat missions flown: 79 during World War II, plus an unknown number of missions with the Legion Condor in Spain.
* Aircraft flown: Bf 109E-7; Bf 109F; Fw 190A-2; Fw 190A-1 >>schwarzer Winkel<< (Werk-Nr. 0028; destroyed 18.09.1941).
* Aerial victories: 25 (1 in Spain and 24 on the Western Front) and 4 unconfirmed kills.
* Son of an Austrian school director. After the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918, he moved with his family to Germany.

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