Reinhard Kollak

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Reinhard Kollak (28 March 1915 – 6 February 1980) was a German Luftwaffe night 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 recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Reinhard Kollak was the highest scoring non commissioned nachtjagd pilot who, together with his Bordfunker Hans Herman, was credited with 49 victories in over 250 missions, all at night. He later joined the Bundeswehr in 1956 and retired in 1967 as a Hauptfeldwebel After the war Reinhard found it difficult to adjust to civilian life before he rejoined the newly founded Bundeswehr in 1956. On 6 February 1980 he died at the age of 65. Hans Herman joined the Luftwaffe in 1938 and served as Kollak’s Bordfunker until the wars end.  ( Wikipedia article )


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