Carl August Heindrich Adolf Freiherr von
Gablenz, Carl August Heindrich Adolf Freiherr von
Carl Gablenz, born 13-10-1893 in Erfurt, entered the Army, on 10-02-1913, as a Fahnenjunker in the Kaiser Alexander Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr. 1. He joined the first war as a Lieutenant but after a knee shot, he was not useably for the infantry anymore and was transferred to the Fliegertruppe. He ended the war as a commander of a bomber plane and joined the Deutschen Luft-Reederei, Lufthansa, as a pilot. At the outbreak of World War II Gablenz was commodore of a Transport Fleet and later the highest leader of the Transport of the Luftwaffe (see Hermann Goering) (did you know). As a Oberstleutnant and commander of Kampfgeschwader z.b.V. 172, he transported, with JU 52’s, all war material and soldiers to Norway in April 1940, Operation Norway. He was the first Replacement Officer, promoted to Major General and on 01-11-1941 as a General. He was also the Chief of the Reichs Air Force Ministry. Gablenz crashed on 21-08-1942 with a French Siebel Si 204, on a service flight near Mühlberg, along the river Elbe and the cause is never dissolved, all passengers were killed. Adolf Hitler (see Adolf Hitler) (did you know) awarded him posthumous, as the four’s person, with the Ritterkreuz des Kriegsverdienstkreuz mit Schwertern. Gablenz, age 48, is buried with all honour on the Invalidenfriedhof in Berlin, Gauleiter of Berlin is Joseph Goebbels (see Goebbels) (did you know) only steps from the graves of Gestapo Chief Reinhard Heydrich (see Heydrich), Fritz Todt (see Todt) the Armaments Minister, Generaloberst Werner Fritsch (see Fritsch) and Hauptmann Wolfgang Fürstner (see Fürstner) the former Jewish commander of the 1936 Olympia village.