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Karl-Wilhelm Hofmann

Karl-Wilhelm Hofmann

German fighter ace and Knight's Cross recipient
The basics
A.K.A. Wilhelm Hofmann
Gender male
Birth March 24, 1921 (Reichelsheim)
Death March 26, 1945
Karl-Wilhelm Hofmann
The details

Karl-Wilhelm Hofmann (24 March 1921 – 26 March 1945) 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-Wilhelm Hofmann was killed on 26 March 1945 over Bissel, Germany. During his career he was credited with 44 aerial victories in 260 missions with 1 over the Eastern Front and 43 over the Western Front.


  • Aviator badge
  • Front Flying Clasp of the Luftwaffe
  • Iron Cross (1939)
    • 2nd Class
    • 1st Class
  • German Cross in Gold on 23 July 1944 as Leutnant in the 8./Jagdgeschwader 26
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 24 October 1944 as Oberleutnant of the Reserves and pilot in the 8./Jagdgeschwader 26 "Schlageter"
  • Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 192.
  • Fellgiebel 2000, p. 232.
  • Scherzer 2007, p. 400.


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