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Hans Hahn

Hans Hahn

German fighter ace and Knight's Cross recipient
Hans Hahn
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Intro German fighter ace and Knight's Cross recipient
Was Military personnel
From Germany
Type Military
Gender male
Birth 21 February 1919, Rheydt, Mönchengladbach, Düsseldorf Government Region, Germany
Death 11 October 1941, Grantham, South Kesteven, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom (aged 22 years)
Star sign Pisces
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross  
Hans Hahn
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Hans Hahn (21 February 1919 – 11 October 1941) was a Luftwaffe night fighter ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross during World War II. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership; his was the first awarded to a night fighter.


During his career he claimed twelve aerial victories, all of them at night.

Most successful Night Fighter pilot until his death. On five occasions, he returned to his base at Gilze-Rijen on one engine. Once he returned with a balloon cable wrapped around his wing in his C-4.

Before his last mission, he had brought down ten British planes in England:

  • His first known victory, a Wellington near Linton-on-Ouse on the night of 24–25 October 1940.
  • His 2nd, a Whitley on the East Anglia coast, 50 km east of Withernsea, the night of 2–3 January 1941.
  • His 3rd, a Hudson at Leeming on the night of 12–13 March 1941.
  • His 4th, a Blenheim over England on the night of 13–14 March 1941.
  • His 5th, a Hampden at Upwood, 8 April 1941.
  • His 6th, a Wellington at Wellingore on 8 April 1941.
  • His 7th, a Hampden SE of Waddington the night of 16–17 April 1941.
  • His 8th, a Herford at Digby on 21 April 1941.
  • His 9th, a Fulmar at Stoke Holy Cross on 3–4 May 1941.
  • His 10th, a Blenheim at Feltwell, 5 May 1941.


Graves of Hans Hahn (1919–1941) and Helmut Scheidt (1919–1941), Deutsch Soldatenfriedhof Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, England

Hans Hahn was killed near Grantham, England, on 11 October 1941 after his JU 88 collided with a RAF Oxford trainer aircraft he targeted. He is buried at Cannock Chase German war cemetery.


  • Aviator badge
  • Front Flying Clasp of the Luftwaffe
  • Iron Cross (1939)
    • 2nd Class
    • 1st Class
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 9 July 1941 as Leutnant and pilot in the I./Nachtjagdgeschwader 2
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