- Stumpff, Hans Jürgen
Generaloberst der Infanterie. Kommandeur der Luftflotte 5.
- 15-06-1889, Kolberg, Brandenburg.
- 09-03-1968, age 78, Bonn.
Bonn, Zentralfriedhof. Abt V-Grab 199/200.
Stumpff, Hans Jürgen
Hans-Jürgen Stumpff, born 15-06-1889 in Kolberg, four months after Adolf Hitler (see Adolf Hitler), entered the Brandenburgisches Grenadierregiment Nr. 12 "Prinz Karl von Preußen" as an ensign in 1907. Promoted to lieutenant in 1908, by the start of the First World War, Stumpff served in the General Staff. At the end of the war Stumpff had reached the rank of captain. During the Weimar Republic, Stumpff served as a staff officer in the Reichswehrministerium. On 01-09-1933, Stumpff, with rank of lieutenant colonel, became head of personnel in the (illegal) Luftwaffe. After the Luftwaffe became formally legal in Germany, Stumpff served as its Chief of Staff from 01-06-1937 until 01-01-1939. In 1938, Stumpff was promoted to the rank of General der Flieger. During the Second World War, Stumpff commanded various Luftflotten. In 19-07-1940, Stumpff was promoted to the rank of Generaloberst and awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. His son Hauptmann Klaus-werner was killed in battle, age 25, on 11-07-1941. Until the end of 1943 Stumpff commanded Luftflotte 5, with which he took part in the Battle of Britain (see Bomber Harris), operating out of Norway against Scotland and Northern England. In January 1944, Stumpff was made commanded Luftwaffe forces in the Defense of the Reich campaign against the Allied bombing attacks. On 8 May 1945, Stumpff served as the Luftwaffe representative at the signing of the unconditional surrender of Germany in Berlin. Stumpff was released from British captivity in 1947 and lived in Frankfurt am Main, where he at the age of 78 died, on 09-03-1968. Stumpff with fellow Generals as Lothar Bock (see Bock), Hans von Hanstein (see Hanstein), Heinrich Claes (see Claes), Hans Georg von Seidel (see Seidel) and the famous defender of Fortress Königsberg, Hans Lasch (see Lasch), are buried on the Zentral Cemetery of Bonn ., Bad godesberg, .