Gildner, Paul, born 01-02-1914 in Nimptsch, Silesia, joined the Army in 1933 in the 7th
Infantry Regiment, transferred to Hermann Goering’s
(did you know
) Luftwaffe and became an Unteroffizier, on 01-09-1937. He succeeded in a pilot training
and changed to the Jagdflieger Squadron in 1940 in the 1st
Jagdflieger Group, with 4 skills. Gildner is on the Western battle air with the night fighters and soon has his first night victory with his Messerschmitt Bf 110. He of 3./NJG1
shot down a Hampden bomber on the night of 2/3 September 1940 and achieved one of the first recorded night victories of the war. He
was one of the early innovators in the organisation. His radio operator was Unteroffizer Müller. After 11 skills he received the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross and was promoted to Oberfeldwebel on 09-07-1944. He became a Leutnant on 01-08-1941 and Oberleutnant on 01-04-1942. He earned both the Iron Crosses after the Western invasion and the battle of Britain.
Death and burial ground of Gildner, Paul.
On 24-02-1943, Gildner at the age of 29 crashed because of motor damage, over Gilzen Rijen in Holland and died. He is buried, age 29, on the German war cemetery of Ysselsteyn, 32.000 graves, in the Netherlands. Only steps away of the grave of the first killed and scalped German General der Infanterie, Feldkommandeur der 642th in Arnhem
, Friedrich Kussin
, together with his driver Josef Willeke and aide Max Köster, 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 Schmidt
, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur der 376th Infanterie Regiment
, Oskar von der Hagen
, 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 26th JG, Air Fighter Squadron, Karl Willius
Flyer aces Hauptmann, August Geiger
Cemetery location of Gildner, Paul.