He was born on July 19, 1912 in Bad Hersfeld. He began his military career in October 1931 as an infantryman at the then Reichswehr. In 1935 he joined the Luftwaffe. He began as a technical officer with one of the squadrons of heavy fighters, but in the summer of 1939 he was transferred to the 1st / JG 51, which flew with powerful Messerschmitt Bf 109.
A brief biography