Theodor Nordmann

Theodor Nordmann

Theodor Nordmann
Nickname(s) "Theo"
Born (1918-12-18)18 December 1918
Dorsten
Died 19 January 1945(1945-01-19) (aged 26)
near Insterburg
Allegiance Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service 1937–45
Rank Major
Unit StG 1, StG 3
Battles/wars

World War II

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

Major Theodor Nordmann (born 18 December 1918 in Dorsten – Killed in flying accident 19 January 1945 near Insterburg) was a German World War II Luftwaffe Stuka ace.[Notes 1] He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves and Swords was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Career

Nordmann joined the Luftwaffe in 1937, and served as a reconnaissance pilot until March 1940, when he transferred to 1/StG 186, flying the Junkers Ju 87 'Stuka'. The unit was originally intended to serve on the aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin, but in July 1940 was renamed III./Sturzkampfgeschwader 1 (StG 1—1st Dive Bomber Wing) and flew conventional bombing missions during the battle of France and Battle of Britain. Nordmann was awarded the Iron cross 1st and 2nd class during 1940. In 1941 Normann's unit was relocated to the Mediterranean for actions against Malta, where he claimed a 5,000 ton merchantman sunk.

StG 1 took part in the invasion of Russia in June 1941 and in September 1941, after 200 operations and 20 tanks destroyed, he was awarded the Ritterkreuz.

During the fighting over Orel in the summer of 1942, Nordmann, as Staffelkapitän (squadron leader) of 8./StG 1, made his 600th operational mission, the first Stuka pilot to achieve this total.

His radio operator and gunner, Feldwebel Gerhard Rothe, was one of only 15 Stuka gunners to be honored with the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.

In January 1945 Nordmann was killed when his Focke-Wulf Fw 190 F-8 (Werknummer 588202—factory number) collided with his wing man, Oberfeldwebel Sroka (Fw 190 F-8 Werknummer 933242) in bad weather north of Insterburg.[1] Nordmann was Gruppenkommandeur of II./Schlachtgeschwader 3 (SG 3—3rd Assault Wing) from October 1943 until his death in January 1945. He claimed some 80 Soviet tanks destroyed and 43,000 gross register tons (GRT) of merchant shipping sunk. He flew almost 1300 combat missions, including roughly 200 with the Fw 190.

Awards

Notes

  1. ^ For a list of Luftwaffe ground attack aces see List of German World War II Ground Attack aces
  2. ^ According to Scherzer on 16 March 1943 as leader of the III./Sturzkampfgeschwader 1.[5]

References

Citations
  1. ^ Thomas 1998, p. 125.
  2. ^ a b c d e Berger 2000, p. 248.
  3. ^ Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 333.
  4. ^ a b Obermaier 1976, p. 49.
  5. ^ a b c Scherzer 2007, p. 572.
  6. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 67.
Bibliography

External links

  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht