Weber, Ernst, born 25-03-1895 in Emmendingen, Baden, entered the Army, age 19, as a Fahnenjunker in the 5th
Baden Infantry Regiment 113
. He started a pilot training, on 03-09-1914. After his training he was transferred to the regiment on the western front, where Weber participated in the positional fights in Flanders and Artois and the battles at La Bassée and Arras. Promoted to lieutenant on 01-10-1915, he fought as a platoon and company commander in the autumn battle in Champagne. He shortly participated as Observer with the 6th
Long Range Reconnaissance Flying Battalion.
Weber was also allowed in the new Reichswehr
and transferred to the fast growing Luftwaffe of Hermann Goering
(did you know
, on 01-01-1934. With the beginning of World War II he was the commander the Higher Flying Training Command 7, until 29-07-1940. Weber was appointed to Commander of the 21st
to September 1942 and became leader of the Formation Staff of the 6th
Luftwaffe Field Division until 17-11-1942. This division was encircled during the Vitebsk-Orsha Offensive at Vitebsk at the start of the Soviet Operation Bagration on 22-06-1944, within days. The division was destroyed with its commander, Generalleutnant Rudolf Peschel
, killed, age 50, in action on 27-06-1944.
Then Weber was assigned as commander of the 53rd
Flying regiment to 30-11-1943.
Weber was Flying Inspector in RLM and became General with Special Duties with the General Quartermaster of the Luftwaffe RLM, until 08-05-1945. He was in British, Island Park Camp, captivity and released on 05-03-1948.
Death and burial ground of Weber, Ernst.
Weber lived in Munich after the war and died at the age of 74, on 27-10-1969. Weber is buried with his wife Gertrud, born Nitschke, who died age 61, on 01-11-1958, on the Waldfriedhof of Munich, also on the Waldfriedhof buried. On this cemetery are also buried the next persons, Generalleutnant der Artillerie, Commander of the Troops Exercise Grounds in Maria ter Heide, Heinrich Curtze, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur Wehrmacht Operaties Staff, Ernst Detleffsen, Franz Ritter von Epp, Generalmajor der Kavallerie, Staff of the Inspector of Land Fortifications West, Gero von Gersdorf, Oberst der Wehrmacht, Highest German Commander on D-Day, Normandy, Ernst Goth, SS Obergruppenführer, Kommandeur General II SS Panzerkorps, Paul Hausser, SS Obersturmführer, Chef 1./SS Pz Grenadier Regiment 38 “Goetz von Berlichingen”, Bruno Hinz, Generaloberst der Flakartillerie, Günther Rüdel, Generalmajor der Flieger, Commander of the Air Defend Division, Max Ibel, aircraft designer, Hugo Junkers, General der Panzertruppe, Kommandeur der 4th Panzerdivision , Dietrich von Saucken, the bearer of the Nazi blood flag SS Standartenführer, Jacob Grimminger, the scientist Werner Heisenberg, Generalmajor der Gebirgstruppe, Kommandeur der Jäger Regiment 100, Otto Schury, Goering’s second wife, Emmy Goering Sonnemann and the famous film maker Leni Riefenstahl. “Triumpf of the Will” , the film chronicles the 1934 Nazi Party Congress in Nuremberg.