PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Riedesel Freiherr zu Eisenbach, Volprecht Konrad
Date of birth: December 10th, 1912 (Castle Altenburg-Alsfeld/Hesse, Germany)
Date of death:  February 9th, 1945 (near Idstein/Hesse, Germany)
Nationality:  German
BIOGRAPHY: 
Volprecht Riedesel Freiherr zu Eisenbach joined the Kraftfahrabteilung 5 in January 1934. Soon he was transferred ot the Luftwaffe as Fähnrich and after his training he was placed with Kampfgeschwader 253 and later joined Kampfgeschwader 54.

After taking part in the Polish Campaign he and his unit acted in the campaign in the West. He was shot down on May 10th, 1940 in his Heinkel He 111P of 8. / Kampfgeschwader 54 by Hurricanes of No. 3, No. 85 and No. 607 Squadron during an attack at the Belgian Airfield Wevelgem. The plane crashed near Ruiselede. in the crash Obergefreiter G. Flehmer was killed, Eisenbach, Feldwebel W. Joest and Unteroffizier E. Kreib were taken POW by the Belgians. They were released after the Belgian Capitulation. After the fightings he was placed as Kommandeur II. / Kampfgeschwader 76 in 1941, with which he took part in the campaign on the Eatersn Front. Later he fought in the Mediterranean.
Riedesel Freiherr zu Eisenbach had conducted about 450 operational sorties when he was shot down with his Me 262 (B3+GL / Werk-Nr. 110802) on February 9th, 1945 at 3km East of Camberg near Idstein in the Hochtaunus. He was posthumously promoted to Oberst.

Promotions:
1934: Fähnrich;
April 1st, 1935: Leutnant;
?: Oberleutnant;
February 1st, 1941: Hauptmann;
March 1st, 1943: Major;
October 1st, 1943: Oberstleutnant;
?: Oberst (posthuum).

Career:
1934: Kraftfahrabteilung 5;
?: Kampfgeschwader 253;
?: Adjutant II. / Kampfgeschwader 54;
?: Staffelkapitän 8. / Kampfgechwader 54;
April 1941 - January 31st, 1943: Kommandeur II. / Kampfgeschwader 76;
February 1st, 1943 - February 2nd, 1945: Kommodore Kampfgeschwader 54.
     
LUFTWAFFE EHRENPOKALE FÜR BESONDERE LEISTUNGEN IM LUFTKRIEG
Rank: Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit: Staffelkapitän
Awarded on: March 9th, 1942
 
     
DEUTSCHES KREUZ IN GOLD
Rank: Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit: II. / Kampfgeschwader 76
Awarded on: May 11th, 1942
Details: Award 26/42.
 
     
RITTERKREUZ DES EISERNEN KREUZES
Rank: Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit: Kommandeur II. / Kampfgeschwader 76
Awarded on: October 7th, 1942
Action: As Hauptmann operational from 28th June till 16th July 1942 during the summer offensive against Voronesh, operations in the Don bend against Kalatsch, above the lower Don towards the Caucasus. From 10th August bombardment operations against Stalingrad and the Caucasus.
 
     
RITTERKREUZ MIT EICHENLAUB
Rank: Oberstleutnant (Wing Commander)
Unit: Kommodore Kampfgeschwader 54
Awarded on: January 14th, 1945
Action: Succesfull command of the with Me 262 refitted KG 54(J) as Kommodore.
Details: 696th Award.
 
     
EISERNES KREUZ 2. KLASSE
 
     
EISERNES KREUZ 1. KLASSE
 
 
 
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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.
- PATZWALL, K. D., Der Ehrenpokal für besondere Leistung im Luftkrieg, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2008.
- 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
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