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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

Wolfgang Falck Timeline

1 Apr 1931 
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 
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 
26 Jun 1940 Wolfgang Falck was officially named the commanding officer of the German nightfighters, Nachtjagdfliegerdienst.
19 Jul 1940 
22 Jul 1940 
1 Oct 1940 
7 Oct 1940 
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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