François Saez and Paul Williams
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Certificate #24125 awarded to a Feldwebel in February
This document bears the facsimile signature of General der Flieger Gustav Kastner-Kirdorf who was Chief of the Luftwaffe Personnel Office of the RLM from September 1939 to February 1943.
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Photo courtesy of Gene Ashton
|Certificate #31918 awarded to Gefreiten Ernst Richter in June 1940. He is recorded as winning the German Cross in Gold in January 1945 whilst a Leutnant in a Stuka squadron.
This document bears the signature of section chief Generalmajor Karl Barlen who signed on behalf of the Chief of the Luftwaffe Personnel Office ("i.V." is "in Vertetung" = in deputation/signed for).
Generalmajor Karl Barlen (1890-1956) became a General der
Flieger and from April 1943 was CO of Slovakia ("Kommandant der Schutzzone Slowakei"). He suffered ten years of Russian captivity.
Awards were also entered into the airman's Soldbuch and Wehrpass ....
The award of the Observer Badge recorded in the Wehrpass of Generalmajor Felix Vodepp.
Felix Vodepp served from 1910 through the 1st World War until 1938 as
an Engineer Officer in the
Austrian Army. In 1938 he joined the Luftwaffe - initially at Luftkriegsakadamie Berlin-Gatow, then as Chef der
Stabes of Luftgau Kommando XIII in Nürnberg, VI in Münster, Ostland in Russia and Kommandeur
des Erkundungsstabes des Festungsbereiches in Luftgau XVII. Herr Vodepp died on 18.4.1967.
His awards include the German Cross in Silver (18.12.1943).
Photo: private collection
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