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Walter Grabmann

SurnameGrabmann
Given NameWalter
Born20 Sep 1905
Died20 Aug 1992
CountryGermany
CategoryMilitary-Air
GenderMale

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ww2dbaseWalter Grabmann joined the police in 1924 and learned to fly with the Air Police stationed in Fürth, Germany. In Oct 1934, he enlisted in the German Air Force and was assigned to the Jagdgeschwader 134 fighter wing in Mar 1936. Between Sep 1938 and Mar 1939, at the rank of major, he was the commanding officer of the Jagdgruppe 88 fighter group, fighting with the German Condor Legion in the Spanish Civil War, where he would claim 7 kills flying He 51 biplane fighters and Bf 109 monoplane fighters. In Apr 1939, he was named the commanding officer of the first group in the Lehrgeschwader 1 wing, flying Bf 110 heavy fighters. In Jul 1939, he was transferred to the fifth group of the wing, with which unit he would participate in the invasion of Poland on the very first day of the European War; he was wounded in the evening of 1 Sep when his Bf 110 fighter was hit by a Polish P.11 fighter. In Apr 1940, he was named the commanding officer of the Zerstörergeschwader 76 wing. On 18 May 1940, his Bf 110 fighter was shot down by Britis Hurricane fighters over Douai in northeastern France; while he parachuted to safety, his gunner was killed. He was captured on the ground, but his imprisonment was to be limited to six days as his captors were overrun by German tanks. During the Battle of Britain, he was awarded with 5 victories. In Aug 1941, he was named the commanding officer of the Zerstörerschule 2 training unit. In Aug 1942, he was named the chief of all German fighter units based in the Netherlands. In Nov 1943, he was named the commanding officer of the 3. Jagddivision (fighter division), followed by the same role for 1. Jagddivision in Apr 1945. At the end of the war, Major General Grabmann was captured. He was freed in May 1948. He passed away in Munich, Germany in Aug 1992.

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Last Major Revision: Nov 2012

Walter Grabmann Timeline

23 Sep 1938 Walter Grabmann claimed 3 kills in Spain, an I-15 fighter, an I-16 fighter, and a SB-2 bomber.
10 Oct 1938 Walter Grabmann shot down a SB-2 bomber over Spain.
15 Oct 1938 Walter Grabmann shot down an I-16 fighter over Spain.
4 Jan 1939 Walter Grabmann shot down an I-15 fighter over Spain.
1 Sep 1939 Over Warsaw, Poland, Oberst Walter Grabmann's Messerchmitt Bf 110 squadron (I.(Z)/Lg.1) led by Hauptmann Schleit, shot down five Polish PZL P.11 fighters whilst escorting the Heinkel He 111P bombers of II/KG.1. He sustained wounds as one of the P.11 fighters damaged his Bf 110 fighter.
15 Apr 1940 Walter Grabmann was named the commanding officer of the Zerstörergeschwader 76 wing.
18 May 1940 Walter Grabmann, flying a Bf 110 heavy fighter, was shot down by British Hurricane fighters over Douai, France; he parachuted to safety but was captured.
24 May 1940 Walter Grabmann was liberated by German troops in France.
14 Sep 1940 Walter Grabmann was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross medal.
1 Aug 1941 Walter Grabmann was named the commanding officer of the Zerstörerschule 2 training unit based in Memmingen, Germany.
19 Aug 1942 Walter Grabmann stepped down as the commanding officer of the Zerstörerschule 2 training unit based in Memmingen, Germany and was named the chief of all fighter units based in the Netherlands.
20 Aug 1992 Walter Grabmann passed away in Munich, Germany.




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Event(s) Participated:
» The Spanish Civil War
» Invasion of Poland
» Invasion of France and the Low Countries
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