Knight's Cross for Wilhelm Tschenett?

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Knight's Cross for Wilhelm Tschenett?

Post by Heimatschuss » 17 Feb 2016 14:16


in a blurred newspaper copy from April 1945 I've found the attached report saying that a Feldwebel Wilhelm 'Willi' Tschenett from Schlachtgeschwader 2 had posthumously been awarded the Knight's Cross on March 12th, 1945.
Wilhelm Tschenett 2.JPG
Source: Vorarlberger Tagblatt of Apr. 12th, 1945; 26. Jahrgang; Folge 86; p.2 ... =2&zoom=48

I can't find Tschenett in the database of and there's very little on him in the rest of internet. Does anyone of you know if he appears in the standard reference books about holders of the Knight's Cross, especially Veit Scherzer?

Tschenett was mentioned as a potential Knight's Cross recipient in this thread at TOCH forum but the discussion of his case didn't get very far. If I understand the Google translation of this entry
Родился 10.01.1918 г. в поселке Берген, в 8 км восточнее г. Плауэн. Начало Второй мировой войны Рудольф Ройсснер встретил в составе III./StG76, а потом в июле 1940 г. его перевели во вновь сформированную 9./StG77. Он участвовал в польской кампании, в боях в Западной Европе и на Восточном фронте. 28.01.1943 г. его наградили DK-G, а потом 29.02.1944 г. обер-фельдфебель Ройсснер, летавший уже в 8./SG2, после 900 боевых вылетов получил RK. В качестве его бортрадиста-стрелка летал обер-фельдфебель Вильгельм Ченетт (Wilhelm Tschenett), тоже совершивший около 900 боевых вылетов. Его также представили к RK, но он так и не был награжден им. Затем в марте 1945 г. Ченетт погиб. В начале 1945 г. Ройсснер прошел переподготовку на FW-190F. Всего в ходе войны он выполнил 1200 боевых вылетов, большинство – на Ju-87. Он умер 18.12.1987 г.

correctly Tschenett was for most of the time the radio operator (i.e. rear gunner) of Stuka ace Rudolf Reussner who received the Knight's Cross in Febr. 1944.

Here's Tschenett's entry from the VdK database:
Wilhelm Alois Tschenett konnte im Rahmen unserer Umbettungsarbeiten nicht geborgen werden.
Die vorgesehene Überführung zum Sammelfriedhof in Posen / Poznan war somit leider nicht möglich.
Sein Name wird im Gedenkbuch des Friedhofes verzeichnet.

Nachname: Tschenett
Vorname: Wilhelm Alois
Dienstgrad: Feldwebel
Geburtsdatum: 06.06.1921
Geburtsort: Feldkirch (Vorarlberg, Austria)
Todes-/Vermisstendatum: 07.02.1945
Todes-/Vermisstenort: Guben (Silesia) *
Since the VdK (German War Graves Commission) says his remains will be buried in Posen/Poznan, Poland if they're found Tschenett's plane obviously came down east of Neisse River that currently is the border between Germany and Poland.

Death notice for Wilhelm Tschenett listing his decorations:
Wilhelm Tschenett 1.JPG
Source: Vorarlberger Tagblatt of Mar. 19th, 1945; 26. Jahrgang; Folge 66; p.2 ... =2&zoom=48

Other sources:

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Re: Knight's Cross for Wilhelm Tschenett?

Post by Edward L. Hsiao » 20 Feb 2016 10:53


So there were two men from the Luftwaffe with same name of Wilhelm Tschenett. One was a Oberfeldwebel with SG 77 who was killed in March of 1945. The other one was a Feldwebel with SG 2 "Immelmann" with 825 sorties to his credit and was missing in action on Feb.7,1945.


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