Josef Kraft

Josef Kraft

Josef Kraft
Born 8 February 1921
Vienna
Died 16 October 1994(1994-10-16) (aged 73)
Fürstenfeldbruck
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service 1940–1945
Rank Hauptmann
Unit NJG 4
NJG 5
NJG 6
NJG 1
Commands held 12./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1
Battles/wars

World War II

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

Josef Kraft (8 February 1921 – 16 October 1994) was a German Luftwaffe night fighter ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves 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. Kraft claimed 56 aerial victories.[Note 1]

Contents

  • Awards 1
  • Notes 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Awards

Notes

  1. ^ For a list of Luftwaffe night fighter aces see List of German World War II night fighter aces.
  2. ^ According to Scherzer as pilot in the 7./Nachtjagdgeschwader 6.[4]

References

Citations
  1. ^ a b Thomas 1997, p. 400.
  2. ^ Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 249.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 271.
  4. ^ a b Scherzer 2007, p. 469.
  5. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 102.
Bibliography
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  • Obermaier, Ernst (1989). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe Jagdflieger 1939 – 1945 [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the Luftwaffe Fighter Force 1941 – 1945] (in German). Mainz, Germany: Verlag Dieter Hoffmann.  
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall.  
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die 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 [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag.  
  • Thomas, Franz (1997). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 1: A–K [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 1: A–K] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag.  

External links

  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht