Heinrich Paepcke

Heinrich Paepcke

Heinrich Paepcke
Born 11 December 1910
Died 17 October 1942(1942-10-17) (aged 31)
over Malta
Allegiance Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service 1935–42
Rank Major (Posthumously)
Unit KG 30
KG 77
Commands held III. KG 30
II. KG 77

World War II

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

Heinrich Paepcke (11 December 1910 – 17 October 1942) was a highly decorated Major 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. Heinrich Paepcke was killed on 17 October 1942 over the island of Malta, he was posthumously awarded the Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross on 19 December 1942 and was promoted to Major.

Awards and decorations


  1. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 271.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 56.

External links

  • World War 2 Awards.com
  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht