PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Taeger, Erich
Date of birth: August 5th, 1919 (Bismarckhütte/Silesia, Germany)
Date of death:  May 20th, 2011 (Essen/North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)
Nationality:  German
BIOGRAPHY: 
Erich Taeger was born on August 5th 1919 in Bismarckhütte Kreis Beuthen/Opplen/Schlesien and exchanged the quietness of his hometown for the busy Potsdam where he finished his school. After his military service, he volunteered for the Luftwaffe. After being trained at the Kriegsschule and his pilot course to Flugzeugführer, the promoted to Leutnant Taeger came to France with the Kampfgeschwader “Hindenburg” 1in 1940.

As Staffeloffizier of the 7.Staffel within the III.Gruppe he flew against targets in England. Soon it became obvious that he was a successful pilot and he earned the EK II Class. During his entire career he stayed very successful as a bomber pilot, as proven by the large amount of decorations he received. After England, followed the war on the Eastern Front. During his many attacks he and his crew managed to destroy many enemy targets. On April 20th 1942 after 166 flights, he received the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold after which he was promoted to Staffelkapitän of the 7.Staffel Kampfgeschwader “Hindenburg” 1. Until his recommendation for the Knights Cross he flew 329 missions of which 278 on the Eastern Front.
Promoted Oberleutnant, he was appointed to tot Technischen Offizier der III Gruppe des KG 1 “Hindenburg”, in the summer of 1942.
From October 1st 1944 until April 16th 1945 he was appointed to the Luftkriegsakademie Berlin-Gatow and after that he worked with the I.Gruppe des Lehrgeschwader 1 until the end of the war.
     
EISERNES KREUZ 2. KLASSE
Rank: Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit: 7. / III. / Kampfgeschwader 1 "Hindenburg"
Awarded on: August 8th, 1940
Action: For his achievements during the attacks on Great-Britain.
 
     
EISERNES KREUZ 1. KLASSE
Rank: Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit: 7. / III. / Kampfgeschwader 1 "Hindenburg"
Awarded on: November 13th, 1940
Action: For the attack on a convoy on November 8th1940, on which occaision he sunk two ships with a total of 5000 BRT and damaged two others. This lats attack was done while one engine was out of order beceause of the many grenade hits.
 
     
FRONTFLUGSPANGE FÜR KAMPFFLIEGER IN BRONZE
Rank: Leutnant (Lieutenant)
Unit: 7. / III. / Kampfgeschwader 1 "Hindenburg"
Awarded on: March 24th, 1941
 
     
FRONTFLUGSPANGE FÜR KAMPFFLIEGER IN SILBER
Rank: Leutnant (Lieutenant)
Unit: 7. / III. / Kampfgeschwader 1 "Hindenburg"
Awarded on: June 26th, 1941
 
     
LUFTWAFFE EHRENPOKALE FÜR BESONDERE LEISTUNGEN IM LUFTKRIEG
Rank: Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit: 7. / III. / Kampfgeschwader 1 "Hindenburg"
Awarded on: July 10th, 1941
 
     
FRONTFLUGSPANGE FÜR KAMPFFLIEGER IN GOLD
Rank: Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit: 7. / III. / Kampfgeschwader 1 "Hindenburg"
Awarded on: August 28th, 1941
 
     
DEUTSCHES KREUZ IN GOLD
Rank: Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit: III. / Kampfgeschwader 1
Awarded on: April 20th, 1942
Action: For 166 flights over enemy territory.
 
     
MEDAILLE "WINTERSCHLACHT IM OSTEN 1941/42" (OSTMEDAILLE)
Rank: Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit: Staffelkapitän 7. / III. / Kampfgeschwader 1 "Hindenburg"
Awarded on: July 16th, 1942
 
     
RITTERKREUZ DES EISERNEN KREUZES
Rank: Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit: Staffelkapitän 7. / Kampfgeschwader 1. "Hindenburg"
Awarded on: October 2nd, 1942
Action: For 329 flights over enemy territory, of which 278 on the Eastern Front and showing extreme good leadership during these.
 
     
FRONTFLUGSPANGE FÜR KAMPFFLIEGER IN GOLD MIT ANHÄNGER
Rank: Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit: Stab Kampfgeschwader 1 "Hindenburg"
Awarded on: October 13th, 1942
 
     
DEMJANSKSCHILD
Rank: Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Awarded on: December 31st, 1942
 
     
FLUGZEUGFÜHRERABZEICHEN
 
 
 
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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.
- Schumann R., Ritterkreuzträger Erich Taeger, Inhaber des Ehrenpokals und der Frontflugspange in Gold mit Anhanger, Internationales Militaria Magazine, IMM nr 98, VDM Heinz Nickel, Zweibrücken, september-oktober 2000
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