• Superb Wehrpass to Knight's Cross winning officer Heinrich Eppen. First issue opened in Graz, 15th of August 1939, and hand signed by Hauptmann Walter Sigel, commander of the I./ Sturzkampfgeschwader 76, Knight's Cross and Oak Leaves winner. By the start of the war, Eppen had been serving in the Wehrmacht for over 5 years. First with the Kriegsmarine, he had joined the Luftwaffe in 1935 and became an officer in 1936. Exactly two weeks after opening the Wehrpass, both Sigel and his Staffelkapitän Eppen (commanding 1./St.G.76) were among the few lucky survivors of a disastrous accident on Truppenübungsplatz Neuhammer: no less than thirteen Stuka crews of the Gruppe crashed to their death after a misjudgement of the clouds at low altitude, in front of personalities like Sperrle, Loerzer and von Richthofen. 
  • Another two weeks later Eppen began to accumulate a high number of enemy flights, starting in the Polish campaign of September 1939 and leading to a very early EK2. The EK1 followed during the French campaign. By the start of the campaign against England, his Gruppe had been transformed into the I./ Sturzkampfgeschwader 3. On 16th of August 1940, Eppen was wounded during a mission against the Gosport sea plane base, near Portsmouth. He made it home to France safely and participated succesfully in the campaign against Yugoslavia and Greece. He also flew missions supporting the Fallschirmjäger landing at Kreta, but got badly wounded on the third day of the campaign, during takeoff at Argos airport on 22nd of May 1941. For his extraordinary bravery and command in the Greece campaign, sinking a destroyer and 10 other enemy ships with his Staffel, Eppen was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 18th of July 1941. 
  • Now one of the best known Stuka aces on the southern front, Eppen flew missions supporting the DAK in Africa from autumn 1941, and replaced Walter Sigel as Gruppenkommandeur in April 1942. On 4th of June, 1942, he was killed by South-African Air Force pilots during an attack over the desert fortress Bir Hakeim. His body has been missing since. For his impressive career as a Stuka pilot and commander, Eppen has the following 11 awards listed in his Wehrpass: the Dienstauszeichnung IV. Klasse, Austrian and Czech annexation medals in 1938, the EKII for Poland in 1939, the EKI for France in 1940, the Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz for his England wound in 1940, the Knight's Cross, Frontflugspange für Kampfflieger in Gold and the bulgarische Flugzeugführer-Abzeichen in 1941, and the italienische Kriegserinnerungsmedaille and the bulgarische Tapferkeitsorden IV. Klasse (2. Stufe) in 1942. 
  • The Wehrpass is in an excellent and complete condition, including a nice uniform portrait photo.  

Knight's Cross Wehrpass Stuka pilot Henrich Eppen

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