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German Luftwaffe

The Grand Cross to the Iron Cross
 

The Grand Cross to the Iron Cross.

(German: Großes Kreuz zum Eisernen Kreuz)

The highest German military decoration of WW2 was only ever awarded once, to former WWI ace Hermann Göring on July 19, 1940.

     
   

The Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds.

(German: Das Ritterkreuz zum Eisernen Kreuz mit Goldenem Eichenlaub, Schwertern und Brillianten)

The second highest military decoration was also awarded only once to the Ju87 Stuka ace Hans-Ulrich Rudel.

     
The Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords
 

The Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds.

(German: Das Ritterkreuz zum Eisernen Kreuz mit Eichenlaub, Schwertern und Brillianten)

The Third Reich's highest regularly awarded military decoration was awarded to 12 Luftwaffe pilots during WWII.

Recipients include the ace of aces Erich Hartmann who shot down 352 airplanes between 1942 and 1945. Erich Heartmanns record is unlikely to be equalled ever again !

     
     
   

 

United Kingdom & Commonwealth

  Distinguished Flying Cross
     
     
     

 


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