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Heinrich Krafft

German fighter ace and Knight's Cross recipient
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Date of birth Bílina
Date of death Dec 14, 1942 Russia
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Heinrich "Gaudi" Krafft (13 August 1914 – 14 December 1942) was a German Luftwaffe ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross during World War II. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. During his career he was credited with 78 aerial victories, 4 over the Western Front and 74 over the Eastern Front.


  • Iron Cross (1939) 2nd and 1st Class
  • German Cross in Gold (25 January 1942)
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 18 March 1942 as Oberleutnant and Staffelkapitän of the 3./Jagdgeschwader 51 "Mölders"
  • Scherzer 2007, p. 469.

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