Geiger, August, born 06-05-1920 in Überlingen, Kreis Bodensee, was a German Luftwaffe night fighter ace and recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
during World War II. The Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Geiger claimed 53 aerial victories, all of the them at night. Geiger joined Hermann Goering’s
(did you know
) Luftwaffe in 1939 in the 8th
Squadron of the the Nachtgeschwader I
,old age Night Fighters I, under command of Oberst Wolfgang Falckas
, as a leutnant. Falckas survived the war and died age 96 on 13-03-2007. He is really an Ace and received the Iron Cross first class, in 1943. Promoted to Oberleutnant he becomes Captain of the 7th
Squadron and in the night of 29-03-1945 he shoot 5 opponents. Total skills 22 now, he is awarded with the Ritterkreuz and promoted to Hauptmann and commander of the III Group of the Squadron in Twente, Netherlands (see About
Death and burial ground of Geiger, August.
On 29-09-1943, his squadron mounted to intercept an English attack and was shot by the ace killer specialist, Bob Braham. Bob Braham, this English ace died of a brain tumor, age 53, on 07-02-1974, in Nova Scotia (see Joseph Joe Crilley
. Bob Braham.
Geiger, 53 skills in 328 flights, could jump out with his parachute, landed in the channel and drowned. His body washed ashore and is buried on the large war cemetery of Ysselsteyn, 32.000 graves, in the Netherlands (see About
) close to the grave of General der Infanterie, Feldkommandeur der 642thin Arnhem
, Friedrich Kussin
, the first killed and scalped General during Operation Market Garden . He was posthumously awarded the Oak Leaves to his Knight’s Cross on 02-03-1944. Also buried there the personalities, Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Kommandeur der 526th Reserve-Division
, Kurt Scmidt
, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur der 376th Infanterie Regiment
, Oskar von der Hagen
, Oberleutnant with 3./NJG1 Paul Gildner
, Major, Kommandeur III./N.J.G. 1
, Egmond Prinz zur Lippe Weissenfeld
, Major, Kommandeur I./N.J.G. 100
, Heinrich Prinz zur Sayn Wittgenstein Oberleutnant with I./ZG 76, 24 victories, Helmut Woltersdorf
and Oberleutnant in the 26thJG, Air Fighter Squadron, Karl Willius.