Reinhold Knacke

Reinhold Knacke

Reinhold Knacke
Born 1 January 1919
Strelitz Alt
Died 3 February 1943(1943-02-03) (aged 24)
Achterveld, Netherlands
Buried at Ysselsteyn, Netherlands
(Block M—Row 4—Grave 80)
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service 1939–1943
Rank Hauptmann (Posthumously)
Unit NJG 1

World War II

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

Reinhold Knacke (1 January 1919 – 3 February 1943) 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. Knacke claimed 44 aerial victories.[Notes 1]

Knacke was shot down in aerial combat with a Halifax bomber on 3 February 1943. His radio operator, Unteroffizier Kurt Bundrock, managed to bale out from the burning aircraft. Knacke was found dead next to his crashed Messerschmitt Bf 110-F4 (Werksnummer 4683—factory number) "G9+DK" 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) east of Achterveld, Netherlands.


References in the Wehrmachtbericht

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
Sunday, 31 May 1942 Ein Nachtjagdverband unter Führung des Generalleutnants Kammhuber erzielte hierbei seinen 600. Nachtjagdabschuß, Hauptmann Streib seinen 25. und 26. und Oberleutnant Knacke seinen 20. Nachtjagdsieg.[6] A night fighter unit under the leadership of Generalleutnant Kammhuber achieved hereby their 600th aerial victory at night, Hauptmann Streib achieved his 25th and 26th and Oberleutnant Knacke his 20th nocturnal aerial victory.


  1. ^ For a list of Luftwaffe night fighter aces see List of German World War II night fighter aces.
  2. ^ According to Scherzer on 5 February 1943.[4]


  1. ^ a b Thomas 1997, p. 379.
  2. ^ Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 236.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 215.
  4. ^ a b Scherzer 2007, p. 452.
  5. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 58.
  6. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 2, p. 146.

External links

  • World War 2
  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • Ritterkreuztraeger 1939-1945