|Wilhelm "Willy" Kientsch|
12 May 1921
29 January 1944
|Years of service||1940–1944|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves|
Wilhelm "Willy" Kientsch (12 May 1921 – 29 January 1944) was a German Luftwaffe 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. He was killed on 29 January 1944 when he became disorientated in Bf 109 G6 "Yellow 3" in a low cloud cover near Würrich, Germany and struck the ground and was killed. Willy Kientsch claimed 53 victories all over the Western Front. He was posthumously awarded the Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross on 20 July 1944.
- Awards 1
- Notes 2
- References 3
- External links 4
- Ehrenpokal der Luftwaffe (9 August 1943)
- Front Flying Clasp of the Luftwaffe
Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class
- 1st Class
- German Cross in Gold on 16 August 1943 as Leutnant in the 6./Jagdgeschwader 27
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
- According to Scherzer as pilot in the II./Jagdgeschwader 27.
- Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 227.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 255.
- Scherzer 2007, p. 440.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 85.
- 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.
- Spick, Mike (1996). Luftwaffe Fighter Aces. New York:
- 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.
- World War 2 Awards.com
- Lexikon der Wehrmacht
- Aces of the Luftwaffe
- Ritterkreuztraeger 1939-1945