Thiel, Walter

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Thiel, Walter, born 03-03-1910 in Breslau was a German rocket scientist. He was the third civilian hired by Walter Dornberger for German research at Kummersdorf on 0111-1932, after Wernher von Braun  & Heinrich Grünow), and in 1936, transferred to Dornberger’s new rocket section. He also worked with the later Chanccelor of Germany Heinrich Lübke
    After transferring from Kummersdorf to the Peenemünde Army Research Center in the summer of 1940, Thiel became deputy director of the Peenemünde HVP Organization under von Braun. Before working at Kummersdorf, Thiel was a chemical engineer at the Heyland Works at Brietz near Berlin. Gauleiter of Berlin was Josef Goebbels (did you know) Thiel also designed the motor for the Wasserfall anti-aircraft missile. Walter Thiel was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame in 1976. The crater Thiel on the Moon is named after him. By 15-09-1941, Thiel officially declared the basic eighteen-pot design of the A-4 motor finished. Earlier in the Spring of 1941, Thiel began investigating nitric acid and diesel oil to be used as the fuel for the 30-ton-thrust A-8. Then on 18-12-1941, Thiel documented the initial A-9/A-10 motor design of six combustion chambers into one common nozzle in Secret Command Document 1496/41.

Death and burial ground of Thiel, Walter.

  By the middle of August 1943, Dr Thiel declared that the A-4 developmental problems preclude mass production, recommended the project be abandoned, and resigned with notification he intended to lecture thermodynamics at a technical college. Thiel was killed days later, age 33, on 18-08-1943 in the Operation Hydra bombing raid on Peenemünde, Martin Schilling  replaced Thiel. Schilling died old age 88, on 08-05-2000 in the USA. Walter Thiel is buried on the Waldfriedhof Halbe in Kummersdorf.

Cemetery location of Thiel, Walter.



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