Fitze, Georg.

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Fitze, Georg, born 05-09-1896 in Brostau, Silesia, joined the Army as a war volunteer in the 1st Foot Artillery Regiment, later with the Flying Troop to his captivity on 08-10-1918, age 22. He was released on 31-12-1919, retired from the Army and joined the Police Service on 24-02-1920. Fitze reactivated in the growing Luftwaffe  of Hermann Goering   (did you know), in the Staff of an Air District Command, on 14-03-1935. With the outbreak of World War II on 01-09-1939, he was detached to the 77th Stuka Wing, Sturzkampfgeschwader 77,   to 26-10-1939, under command of Oberst Günter Schwartzkopff,  . Schwartzkopff was killed on 14-05-1940, age 41, after his Junkers Ju 87 was shot down by anti-aircraft fire.  A famous Stuka pilot was Oberst der Luftwaffe, destroyed 500 tanks, Hans Ulrich Rudel . During his career, Rudel flew over 2530 (around 400 of his sorties were flown in a Focke-Wulf 190 fighter plane during whichhe was credit with 11 air victories) missions and destroyed around 150 various artillery pieces, 519 tanks  , around 1000 various vehicles, 70 landing crafts, 2 Lavochkin La-3 fighters, Il-2 Stormovik and sunk Battleship “Marat”,  2 Cruisers and a Destroyer. Rudel was responsible for such huge damages to the Red Army that Joseph Stalin  himself put a price of 100.000 rubles on his head.He flew more than 600.000 km and used more than 5.000.000 liters of fuel. Hans Rudel dropped over 1.000.000 kg of bombs, fired over 1.000.000 of machine gun rounds, over 150.000 20mm rounds and over 5000 37 mm rounds. Rudel thought that the Lend-Lease American tanks were easier to kill than the Soviet T-34s, but he hated their machine guns, because once he was shot down by one. Rudel was an outstanding pilot with experience,who loved to fly and destroy. He hated to take home leave or sick leave and even when he got his leg amputated
  he was not depressed since he could still do what he loved – fly and destroy. During his career, Hans Rudel showed remarkable power, toughness, fearlessness, unparalleled determination and arrogance but none of his photos show any impact of the hardship of war on his face. His personal bravery was beyond belief and his place in the annals of military history thoroughly deserved, although it is important to remember the words of an American Protocol-Officer, who absolutely correctly named Rudel “the typical Nazi Officer”. Rudel’s famous quotation was “Verloren ist nur, wer sich selbst aufgibt” (“Lost are only those, who abandon themselves”). Group Commander of the 2nd Stuka Wing “Immelmann” to 15-12-1939. Commander of A/B Flying School and Air War School 4, until 30-09-1940.
Georg Fitze was promoted to Oberst on 01-01-1941 and  Airbase Commander of Neuhausen, following Commander of Flying Replacement Battalion III, until 24-03-1945. He was succeeded by Generalleutnant Willibald Spang
 Spang survived the war and died old age 91 on 28-09-1978 in Hamburg. Fitze on 30-01-1945 was promoted to Generalmajor and from 12-03-1945 his last command was as General of Personnel Employment OKL, to his captivity on 08-05-1945.

Death and burial ground of Fitze, Georg.

Released Fitze retired in Fürstfeldenbrück, where he at the age of 72 died of heart failure, on 13-12-1968 and is buried on the Waldfriedhof of  Fürstfeldenbrück, alas his gravestone is now removed. Only a few steps away is the grave of WWII Flyer ace, Hauptmann, Jagdgeschwader 54 , their last Geschwaderkommodore, Dietrich “Dieter” Hrabak.

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