Wachowiak, Friedrich, 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/Jagdgeschwader 52 under command of Major Hanns Trübenbach . It was the unit of the top three scoring flying aces of all time, Erich Hartmann, Gerhard Barkhorn and Günther Rall, all three survived the war. Friedrich Wachowiak served with JG 52 and Jagdgeschwader 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 20th victory 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.
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.
Death and burial ground of Wachowiak, Friedrich.
Wachowiak was killed, age 24, 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 Ernst 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, Generaloberst der Waffen SS, Oberbefehlshaber 7th Army, Friedrich Dollmann, Waffen SS Kommandeur SS-Panzer Grenadier Regiment 1, Brigadeführer, Fritz Witt
, General der Flieger and “ The Hangman of Paris ” Kommandeur Wehrkreis XVII, Otto von Stülpnagel the butcher of Paris, SS Obersturmführer with 1st SS Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler , Hans Junge) Hitler´s former adjutant and husband of Traudl Junge/Humps, Hitler´s youngest secretary, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Commander of the 33rd Landswehr Infantry Regiment, Arnold von Bessel and Generalmajor der Flieger, Kommandeur Luftwaffe Heeresgruppe 198, Otto Abernetty,