PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Antrup, Wilhelm "Willy"
Date of birth: February 1st, 1910 (Leeden/Western Phalia, Germany)
Date of death:  November 14th, 1984 (Neubiberg-Munich/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:  German
BIOGRAPHY: 
Wilhelm Antrup was born in Leeden on Febraury 1st, 1910. After his school he entered the Deutschen Verkehrsfliegerschule in Cottbus in 1934. After his pilot training het joined the Luftwaffe in 1935. Wilhelm Antrup took part in the Spanish Civil war as Leutnant with the Kondor Legion.

When the Second World War sterted, Antrup was added to the Stabstaffel / Kampfgeschwader 55 as Technischer Offizier with the rank of Oberleutnant. Then he took part in the figtings over Poland, the western campaign in May/June 1940 and the Battle for England. During this last battle het was Staffelkapitän 5. / Kampfgeschwader 55 with the rank of Hauptmann. After this, Antrup and his unit were put into battle at the eastern front, where they fought over the Cuacasus and at Stalingrad. in December 1942 he became temporary Kommandeur III. / Kampfgeschwader 55 to be appointed in that function formally on May 6th, 1943. At the ending of the Second World War, Antrup was taken prisoner by American troops.

After the war he joned the Bundeswehr and was appointed Leiter der Technischen Schule der Luftwaffe 1 (Flugsicherung) as Oberst in 1956. On December 1st, 1956 he became Leiter der Technischen Schule der Luftwaffe 3 (Technik), which occupation he held until June 30th, 1962.
Wilhelm Antrup retired as Brigadegeneral on March 31st, 1968.

During the Second World War he flew a total of 612 operational sorties.

Career:
Luftwaffe;
? : Staffelkapitän 5. / Kampfgeschwader 55;
December 1942 - 6th May 1943: stellv. Kommandeur III. / Kampfgeschwader 55;
6th May 1943 - 7th August 1943: Kommandeur III. / Kampfgeschwader 55;
8th August 1943 - 1st October 1944: Kommodore Kampfgeschwader 55;
Bundesluftwaffe;
1956: Leiter der Technischen Schule der Luftwaffe 1 (Flugsicherung);
1st December 1956 - 30th June 1962: Leiter der Technischen Schule der Luftwaffe 3 (Technik);
31st March 1968: Retirement.
     
DEUTSCHES KREUZ IN GOLD
Rank: Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit: 5. Staffel, II. Gruppe, Kampfgeschwader 55, Luftwaffe
Awarded on: January 2nd, 1942
Details: Award 6/14.
 
     
RITTERKREUZ DES EISERNEN KREUZES
Rank: Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit: Staffelkapitän, 5. Staffel, II. Gruppe, Kampfgeschwader 55, Luftwaffe
Awarded on: November 13th, 1942
Details: 647th Award.
 
     
RITTERKREUZ MIT EICHENLAUB
Rank: Oberstleutnant (Wing Commander)
Unit: Kommodore, Kampfgeschwader 55, Luftwaffe
Awarded on: November 18th, 1944
Details: 655th Award.
 
     
EISERNES KREUZ 2. KLASSE
 
     
EISERNES KREUZ 1. KLASSE
 
     
FRONTFLUGSPANGE FÜR KAMPFFLIEGER IN GOLD MIT ANHÄNGER
 
     
FLUGZEUGFÜHRERABZEICHEN
 
 
 
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Picture source:   - Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv
Information source(s):   - FELLGIEBEL, W.P., Elite of theThird Reich, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003.
- 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
- Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
- Lexikon der Wehrmacht
- Die Ritterkreuztraeger der Deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS
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