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Walter Wolfrum

German military and aerobatics pilot
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Occupation Soldier Fighter pilot
Country Germany
Date of birth
Date of death Aug 26, 2010 Schwabach, Middle Franconia, Bavaria, Germany
Awards German Cross in Gold, Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Authority Library of congress id VIAF id
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Biography

Walter Wolfrum (23 May 1923 – 26 August 2010) was a pilot in the Luftwaffe during World War II. He is credited with 137 aerial victories—that is, 137 aerial combat encounters resulting in the destruction of the enemy aircraft. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross of Nazi Germany.

On 1 June 1944, Wolfrum was credited with his 100th aerial victory. He was the 74th Luftwaffe pilot to achieve the century mark. After the war he became a successful aerobatics pilot, winning the German Championship in 1962 and taking second place in 1961, 1963, 1964 and 1966.

Awards

  • Ehrenpokal der Luftwaffe (20 April 1944)
  • German Cross in Gold on 18 May 1944 as Leutnant in the 5./JG 52
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 27 July 1944 as Leutnant and pilot in the I./JG 52.
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