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Name:  Altendorf, Heinz
Date of birth: February 26th, 1917 (Oppenheim/Hesse, Germany)
Date of death:  September 14th, 2008 (Harrison Hot Springs/British Colombia, Canada)
Nationality:  German
BIOGRAPHY: 
Heinz Altendorf was born in 1917 in the German village of Oppenheim. He was the eldest male in a family of seven siblings. As an outstanding student, he was trained to be a military officer in 1938. During the second world war he served as a Staffelführer in the Luftwaffe. He flew over three hundred missions. After being shot down in North Africa, he was interned as a prisoner of war in Canada. Five years later he was repatriated to Germany, but eventually emigrated to Canada with is wife and two daughters. He worked for the Berkel Company in Toronto, until his retirement. His last years were spent in Harrison Hot Springs.
     
DEUTSCHES KREUZ IN GOLD
Rank: Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit: 7. Staffel, III. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 53, Luftwaffe
Awarded on: February 25th, 1942
 
     
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Information source(s):   - PATZWALL, K. & SCHERZER, V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001.
- Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
- Obituary
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