Germany - Third Reich: The superb Second World War Russian Front November 1942 Bomber Pilot’s German Cross in Gold and Luftwaffe Bomber Clasp in Gold with Pendant award document group to Oberfeldwebel later Hauptmann Walter Kleimeier, Luftwaffe, who qualified as a pilot in September 1939, and then flew operationally with 7 Geschwader, Kampfgeschwader 3 from circa mid 1940 through to at least May 1943. As a pilot of both Dornier Do17 and Junkers Ju88 medium bombers, he would most probably have served during the Battle of France and the Battle of

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Germany - Third Reich: The superb Second World War Russian Front November 1942 Bomber Pilot’s German Cross in Gold and Luftwaffe Bomber Clasp in Gold with Pendant award document group to Oberfeldwebel later Hauptmann Walter Kleimeier, Luftwaffe, who qualified as a pilot in September 1939, and then flew operationally with 7 Geschwader, Kampfgeschwader 3 from circa mid 1940 through to at least May 1943. As a pilot of both Dornier Do17 and Junkers Ju88 medium bombers, he would most probably have served during the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain, followed by the Balkan Campaign and the Battle for Crete in 1941. Present in Russia from June 1941, his unit took part in the advance towards Moscow when it was credited with having destroyed 450 aircraft on the ground, 21 in aerial combat, 30 tanks, 488 vehicles, 349 rail cars, seven armoured trains, 27 artillery guns and 14 bridges in the period from 22nd June to 9th September 1941. Kleimeier was awarded the German Cross in Gold on 7th November 1942 and the Luftwaffe Bomber Clasp in Gold with Pendant for 300 operational sorties on 30th May 1943, he having been commissioned in the process. Kleimeier served with the West German Airforce post-war.
Large Official Award Document for the German Cross in Gold, awarded to Oberfeldwebel (Master Sergeant) Walter Kleimeier, dated 7th November 1942, bearing facsimile signature of Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring.
Award Document for the Luftwaffe Bomber Clasp in Gold with Pendant, awarded to Flugzeugführer (Aircraft Leader) Leutnant Walter Kleimeier, of 7 Geschwader, Kampfgeschwader 3, dated 30th May 1943.
Award Document for the Luftwaffe Bomber Clasp in Silver (the document being original printed for a Bronze award but field converted for the Silver award, awarded to Oberfeldwebel (Master Sergeant) Walter Kleimeier, of 7 Geschwader, Kampfgeschwader 3, signed in ink by the squadron commander, Major later Oberst Erich Rathmann (German Cross in Gold winner 19th March 1942), dated 28th October 1941. Slightly torn on one corner.
Field Produced Award Certificate from Kampfgeschwader 3 awarded to Oberfeldwebel (Master Sergeant) Walter Kleimeier, of 7 Geschwader, Kampfgeschwader 3, on his having successfully flown 200 operational sorties. Date for Russia on 3rd September 1942, and signed in ink by Hauptmann Siegfried Jungklaus (German Cross in Gold winner 24th September 1942, and posthumous Knight’s Cross winner on 3rd September 1943, killed 22nd April 1943 in Georgia on the southern front). A rare signature for a Knight’s Cross winner.
Luftwaffe Award Certificate for a 2nd Place in a Marksmanship Competition and the award of the Luftwaffe Marksmanship Lanyard, awarded to Gefreiter (Corporal) Walter Kleimeier, of 7 Kampfgeschwader “Boelke”. Personal No.157. Signed in ink by a Major and Squadron Commander of Kampfgeschwader, at Delmenhorst on 1st October 1937.
Luftwaffe Pilot’s Licence issued to Unteroffizier (Sergeant) Walter Kleimeier at Brünn on 26th September 1939, when he was serving with the Flying School for the 72nd Luftwaffe Training Regiment. Complete with pass-photo of recipient, 16 pages.
West German Airforce Weapon’s School Championship’s Award Certificate for 1962, awarded to Hauptmann (Captain) Kleimeier, a Staff member of the Waffenschule der Luftwaffe 10 at Oldenburg, who won 3rd Place in the Table Tennis doubles. Dated 29th January 1962. Signed in ink by the Oberstleutnant and commander of the school.
A superb studio photograph of Walter Kleimeier and his wife, taken whilst the recipient was still an Oberfeldwebel, and wearing the following awards: Iron Cross 1st Class, Iron Cross 2nd Class, Luftwaffe Bomber Clasp in Silver, Luftwaffe Long Service Decoration for 4 Years; Luftwaffe Pilot’s Badge; and Wound Badge in Black. Hence circa 1941 to 1942.
Condition: overall good condition.
Walter Kleimeier was born on 21st March 1916 in Hoffeld, a town in the Rhineland. Having joined the Luftwaffe circa mid 1930’s, he was serving as a Gefreiter, the equivalent of Corporal, when he was awarded the lowest grade of the Luftwaffe Marksmanship Lanyard at Delmenhorst on 1st October 1937, when serving with 7 Kampfgeschwader “Boelke”.
With the outbreak of the Second World War, Kleimeier was undergoing pilot training with the Flying School for the 72nd Luftwaffe Training Regiment, and then received his Luftwaffe Pilot’s Licence at Brünn on 26th September 1939. Kleimeier was then posted after February 1940 operational to join 7 Staffel (Squadron), Kampfgeschwader 3, as a pilot of medium bombers. His unit was equipped with both the Dornier Do17 and Junkers Ju88 medium bombers. Kleimeier was in fact qualified to fly the He111B, Ju52, Ju86, Ju88, Do23, and Do17 E.u.Z aircraft.
With this unit, he would have found himself, as a member of the 7 Geschwader, in the 3rd Group of Kampfgeschwader 3. It seems probable that he then flew during both the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain in 1940, during both of which his unit played an important role, in the latter attacking airfields, targets in Kent and London during the early period of the London Blitz.
Kleimeier was promoted to Oberfeldwebel, the equivalent of Master Sergeant, on 1st June 1941. Despite photographic evidence that as of late 1941 he was the recipient of the awards of the Iron Cross 1st Class, Iron Cross 2nd Class, Luftwaffe Bomber Clasp in Silver, Luftwaffe Long Service Decoration for 4 Years; Luftwaffe Pilot’s Badge; and Wound Badge in Black. The award from this group which we know for sure when he received, was the Luftwaffe Bomber Clasp in Silver, which he was awarded on 28th October 1941 when still serving with 7 Geschwader, Kampfgeschwader 3 in the rank of Oberfeldwebel. He having by then complete 60 operational sorties.
After taking part in the Balkan campaign, where his unit played a significant part in the Battle for Crete, he then ended up on the Russian Front from June 1941 flying either Do17’s or Ju88’s. From July 1941 his unit was bombing Moscow, and as of 9th September 1941, Kampfgeschwader 3 was credited with having destroyed 450 aircraft on the ground, 21 in aerial combat, 30 tanks, 488 vehicles, 349 rail cars, seven armoured trains, 27 artillery guns and 14 bridges in the period from 22nd June 1941 and the invasion of Russia.
With the Battle of Moscow in full swing from October 1941, and focused on bombing Soviet airfields. Kampfgeschwader 3 had twice bombed Moscow during the offensive towards the city on 27th October and 9th November respectively. It also attacked targets at Kirov. After completing operations at Tambov, on 25th November 1941 Kampfgeschwader 3 was returned to Germany, and it seems likely that it was at this stage that the above mentioned photograph was taken.
With the Soviet winter counter-offensive in December 1941 it was back on the Eastern Front, and in late December took part in operations a Kaluga. It remained at the front till February 1942 when it once again returned to Germany to rest and refit. It was back on the Eastern Front as of April 1942, taking part in the Kalinin Front in the Russian far north on the Russo-Finnish border, and saw action over the Vyazma sector, before eventually fully converting to Ju88’s in December 1942. It was on 3rd September 1942 that he received a field made award certificate noting the fact that he had complete 200 operational sorties, he having been already awarded the Luftwaffe Bomber Clasp in Gold after 110 operational sorties. However it was on 30th May 1943 that he received the Luftwaffe Bomber Clasp in Gold with Pendant, reflective of 300 operational sorties. Prior to this, on 7th November 1942, Kleimeier when still an Oberfeldwebel, had received the German Cross in Gold. Having been then commissioned, it was as a Flugzeugführer - Aircraft Leader with the rank of Leutnant that he received his award of the Luftwaffe Bomber Clasp in Gold with Pendant after his 300th mission.
Kleimeier survived the war, and then continued in the service of the Western German Airforce, and it was as a Hauptmann, equivalent of a Captain, that he gained a West German Airforce Weapon’s School Championship’s Award Certificate for 1962 when a Staff member of the Waffenschule der Luftwaffe 10 at Oldenburg, he having gained 3rd Place in the Table Tennis doubles on 29th January 1962.



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