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Karl-Heinz Krahl

Karl-Heinz Krahl

German fighter ace and Knight's Cross recipient
The basics
Gender male
Birth September 25, 1914 (Wrocław)
Death April 14, 1942 (Luqa)
Karl-Heinz Krahl
The details

Karl-Heinz Krahl (25 September 1914 – 14 April 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. Karl-Heinz Krahl was shot down 14 April 1942, by anti-aircraft fire from the defenses at RAF Luqa during the Siege of Malta. During his career he is credited with between 19 - 24 aerial victories, all against Western forces.


  • Spanish Cross in Gold with Swords
  • Aviator badge
  • Front Flying Clasp of the Luftwaffe
  • Iron Cross (1939)
    • 2nd Class
    • 1st Class
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 13 November 1940 as Hauptmann and Gruppenkommandeur of the I./Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen"
  • Fellgiebel 2000, p. 223.

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