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1 Gildner, PaulOblt2/1/1914Nimptsch Schlesien48I/ZG-1, 4/NJG-1 (2/41), II/NJG-2 (1/42), IV/NJG-1, 2/NJG-1 (1/43), Stfkpt 3/NJG-1 (2/43)Bf 110C, Bf 110G-4 Werk # 4876 "G9 + HH" (lost 2/24/43)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(5/25/42)

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Night Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, perhaps his 1st, a Blenheim at Groningen the night of February 28-March 1, 1941. Nos. 2 & 3, a Blenheim at Tolbert, W of Groningen and a Wellington at Burlanger, the night of 13-14 March, 1941. A 4th, a Whitley 8 km SE of Groningen, the night of 3-4 April, 1941. A Wellington the night of 9-10 April, 1941, no location. A Whitley the night of 8-9 May, 1941, no location. On 19 June, 1941, he downed three AC; two Wellingtons and a Whitley (including Wellington R1365). A Whitley the night of 29-30 June, 1941. A Whitley on 13 October, 1941. A Wellington at Schiermonikoog and a Whitley N of Texel Island on 31 October, 1941. A Hampden I of RAF No. 49 Sg. 5 km NE of Groningen Holland the night of 20-21 January, 1942. Four Day victories as a destroyer pilot with I/ZG-1. Began his military career as an Infantry officer in 1934. 44 Night victories. Killed 23/24 February, 1943 over Gilze-Rijen Holland in a fatal crash at Dongen (in de vennen) due to an engine fire and explosion. Burial: Block M, Row 4, Grave 81. Photo

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