Friedrich Wachowiak, born 13-02-1920 in Dortmund, was a former German Luftwaffe 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 recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. He joined the Luftwaffe from 29-07-1940 as an Obergefreiter with 8/JG52. Friedrich Wachowiak served with JG 52 and JG 3 and gained his first Soviet victories on 01-05-1942, he shot down three Russian bombers over Constanza. He sunk two commercial ships during the Balkan invasion. At the end of 1941 he received his 20thvictory and the 40th was in March 1942. Awarded with Knight Cross of the Iron Cross for 160 enemy flights and 46 victories. Another famous Knight Cross winner of the JG52 was Major, Günther Rall (see Rall).
On 07-05-1942 he reported his 62nd and on 29-11-1942 the 86th victory. In 1943/1944 he was temporary a fighter flight trainer and came back to the front in Mai 1944 with the 7/JG 52 over Normandy.
He was killed on 16-07-1944 on the Normandy invasion front during aerial combat with a Spitfire by Ecouché, in the Caen-Argentan area, as Leutnant and Flugzeugführer III/Jagdgeschwader 3 “Udet” (see Udet). All his 120 victories were recorded over the Eastern Front. At least five were Il-2 Sturmovik . Friedrich Wachowiak is buried on the war cemetery of Champigny St André. Jerome Rouillé was so kind to sent the biography and grave picture. Also buried there is the Flyer Ace Major, Flugzeugführer i.d. 7./J.G. 2, Sepp Wurmheller (see Wurmheller), Generaloberst der Waffen SS, Oberbefehlshaber 7th Army, Friedrich Dollmann (see Dollmann), Waffen SS Kommandeur SS-Panzer Grenadier Regiment 1, Brigadeführer, Fritz Witt (see Witt)
, General der Flieger en “ Hangman of Paris ” Kommandeur Wehrkreis XVII, Otto von Stülpnagel (see Stülpnagel) the butcher of Paris, SS Obersturmführer with 1st SS Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, Hans Junge (see Junge), Hitler´s former adjutant and husband of Traudl Junge (see Traudl), Hitler´s youngest secretary, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Commander of the 33rd Landswehr Infantry Regiment, Arnold von Bessel (see von Bessel) and Generalmajor der Flieger, Kommandeur Luftwaffe Heeresgruppe 198, Otto Abernetty (see Abernetty),