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Hugo Broch

Hugo Broch

German fighter ace and Knight's Cross recipient
The basics
Date of birth Leichlingen, Rhein-Berg District, Cologne Government Region, North Rhine-Westphalia
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, German Cross in Gold
The details

Hugo Broch (born 6 January 1922) is a World War II Luftwaffe ace credited with 81 victories in 324 missions, all on the Eastern Front. He is a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.

World War II

Broch was a WWII Luftwaffe pilot. In January 1943 he arrived on the Eastern Front to serve in II/Jagdgeschwader 54, and claimed his first victory two months later.


  • Aviator badge
  • Front Flying Clasp of the Luftwaffe in Gold
  • Ehrenpokal der Luftwaffe (6 November 1943)
  • Iron Cross (1939)
    • 2nd Class
    • 1st Class
  • German Cross in Gold on 26 November 1943 as Unteroffizier in the 6./Jagdgeschwader 54
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 12 March 1945 as Leutnant and pilot in the 8./Jagdgeschwader 54

Later life

Broch was a prolific autograph signer, and signed many memorabilia items. At age 95 he fulfilled a long held ambition to fly in a Spitfire, the two seat Tr.9 MJ627.

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