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24 December 1915
18 July 1944(1944-07-18) (aged 28)
near Landsberg am Lech
Years of service
World War II
Battle of France
Battle of Britain
Battle of Crete
Defense of the Reich
Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross
Werner Thierfelder (24 December 1915 – 18 July 1944) 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. Werner Thierfelder was killed on 18 July 1944. Unit commander of Erprobungskommando 262, out of Lechfeld, he was lost in crash of a Me 262A-1a under unclear circumstances. Luftwaffe records indicate that he was shot down but U.S. and British records show no comparable engagement. A possible cause is that Thierfelder exceeded the airframe’s limiting Mach number in a dive, perhaps while pursuing an Allied reconnaissance aircraft, leading to an irrecoverable dive. During his career he was credited with 27 aerial victories, 6 on the Western Front and 21 on the Eastern Front.
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Front Flying Clasp of the Luftwaffe
Iron Cross (1939)
German Cross in Gold (3 November 1942)
Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross on 10 December 1941 as Oberleutnant and Staffelkapitän in the II./Zerstörergeschwader 26[Note 1]
^ According to Scherzer as Oberleutnant of the Reserves and pilot in the I./Zerstörergeschwader 26 “Horst Wessel”.