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Helmuth Förster

Helmuth Förster

German general and Knight's Cross recipient
The basics
Quick Facts
Occupations Military officer
Countries Germany
A.K.A. Helmuth Forster
Gender male
Birth April 19, 1889 (Strzelce Opolskie)
Death April 7, 1965 (Lenggries)
Helmuth Förster
The details

Helmuth Förster (19 April 1889 – 7 April 1965) was a German general' in the Luftwaffe during World War II. A decorated World War I aviator, he returned to military service in 1934 as an Oberstleutnant in the Luftwaffe. Promoted to Oberst in 1936, he was appointed to command the 4th Bomber Wing. During the invasion of Poland, Förster commanded the Lehrdivision with significant success. He was then appointed as chief of staff of the 5th Air Fleet during the invasion of Norway. After serving on the German-French Peace Commission, he was appointed as military governor of the German-occupied territory of Serbia from April to June 1941, then commanded the 1st Air Corps during the invasion of the Soviet Union until October 1942. Whilst in command of the 1st Air Corps he was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. He spent the remainder of the war as chief of administration at the Reich Ministry of Aviation. He was pensioned as an Oberstleutnant in 1952.

Awards and decorations

  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 22 February 1942 as General der Flieger and commander of I. Flieger-Korps
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