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Wolfgang Falck

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I always believed that men commanding pilots should be flying combat with their men, leading by example. Men sitting in chairs, issuing orders, should have the firsthand experience to justify those orders. This was what I called "white knuckle command."

Colin Heaton and Anne-Marie Lewis, The German Aces Speak

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1 Apr 1931 Wolfgang Falck began a year-long training program to become a commercial pilot at Schleissheim, M├╝nchen-Oberbayern, Germany.
1 Oct 1932 Wolfgang Falck returned to the German Army from his secret fight pilot training in Russia. His comrades in his regiment were not told of the details of his training.
1 Oct 1934 Wolfgang Falck was promoted to the rank of Leutnant and was retired from the German Army for transfer to the secret German air force.
1 Apr 1936 Wolfgang Falck was assigned to the 5th group of Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen", based at J├╝terbog-Damm, Germany. He was placed in charge of furthering the training of new pilots assigned to the unit.
20 Apr 1936 Wolfgang Falck was promoted to the rank of Oberleutnant.
21 Jun 1937 Wolfgang Falck's son Klaus was born.
5 Sep 1939 Wolfgang Falck shot down one Polish two-seater aircraft.
11 Sep 1939 Wolfgang Falck shot down two Polish aircraft, a bomber and a reconnaissance aircraft.
22 May 1940 German pilot Hauptmann Wolfgang Falck was ordered to establish Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 wing for the night fighter defence of Germany.
25 Jun 1940 Wolfgang Falck arrived at D├╝sseldorf, Germany.
26 Jun 1940 Wolfgang Falck was officially named the commanding officer of the German nightfighters, Nachtjagdfliegerdienst.
19 Jul 1940 Wolfgang Falck was ordered to see Hermann G├Âring; during this meeting, Falck would be promoted to the rank of Major.
22 Jul 1940 Wolfgang Falck received a call from Hermann G├Âring, who thanked him for the efforts to create an effective nightfighting unit within the Luftwaffe.
1 Oct 1940 Hermann G├Âring officially awarded Wolfgang Falck the Knight Cross medal, but it would be not be presented to Falck until 7 Oct 1940.
7 Oct 1940 In the morning, Hermann G├Âring presented Wolfgang Falck the Knight Cross medal, which was officially awarded to Falck six days prior; the medal was placed around Falck's neck by Major Bernd von Brauchitsch, son of the army chief of staff and G├Âring's adjutant. During the lunch after the award ceremony, Falck asked Erhard Milch to consider changing the Luftwaffe rule which stated that the family of servicemen who died with less than 10 years of service received no pension.
26 Apr 1941 Wolfgang Falck, stationed at Deelen in the Netherlands, was ordered to attend a meeting at Hamburg, Germany. He would use the opportunity to learn more about new aircraft-mounted radar systems under development: Morgenstern, Flensburg, and SN-2 (Lichtenstein).
18 Jul 1942 Wolfgang Falck departed Venice, Italy after advising the Italians on nightfighting tactics. In a subsequent report he filed for Erhard Milch, Falck noted that the Italian nightfighting organization was extremely poor.
1 Jan 1943 Wolfgang Falck was promoted to the rank of Oberstleutnant.

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