Hans Strelow

Hans Strelow

Hans Strelow
Hans Strelow
Born 26 March 1922
Berlin, Germany
Died Did not recognize date. Try slightly modifying the date in the first parameter. (aged 20)
east of Mtsensk, Soviet Union
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Rank Leutnant
Unit JG 51 "Mölders"
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Hans Strelow (26 March 1922 – 22 May 1942) was a German former Luftwaffe fighter ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub) during World War II. 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. He received the award two days before his 20th birthday making him the youngest recipient of the Oak Leaves.

To avoid capture by the Red Army Strelow committed suicide after he was shot down by a Petlyakov Pe-2 twin-engine bomber in Bf 109 F-2 "Black 10" (Werknummer 8239—factory number). He had made a forced landing 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) behind Soviet lines.


References in the Wehrmachtbericht

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
Thursday, 18 June 1942 Der mit dem Eichenlaub zum Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes ausgezeichnete Leutnant Strelow, Flugzeugführer in einem Jagdgeschwader, ist von einem Flug gegen den Feind nicht zurückgekehrt. Als Sieger in 68 Luftkämpfen zählte dieser erst zwanzigjährige tapfere Offizier zu den hervorragendsten Jagdfliegern.[3] The with the Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross Strelow decorated lieutenant Strelow, pilot in a fighter wing, has not returned from a flight against the enemy. The only twenty years old brave officer, as a winner in 68 aerial battles, was one of the most outstanding fighter pilots.


  1. ^ a b Thomas 1998, p. 362.
  2. ^ a b Scherzer 2007, p. 731.
  3. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939-1945 Band 2, p. 166.

External links

  • "Hans Strelow". Aces of the Luftwaffe. Retrieved 3 February 2010.