Friedrich Lang

For the World War I flying ace, see Friedrich Lang (World War I ace).
Friedrich Lang

Friedrich Lang
Born (1915-01-12)12 January 1915
Mährisch-Trübau, Austria-Hungary
Died 29 December 2003(2003-12-29) (aged 88)
Hanover, Germany
Allegiance  Nazi Germany (to 1945)
 West Germany
Service/branch  Luftwaffe
 German Air Force
Years of service 1935–45
Rank Major (Wehrmacht)
Oberst (Bundeswehr)
Unit StG 2, SG 1
Commands held 1./StG 2, III./SG 1

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
Other work Teacher at a Volksschule in Gundelsheim
Civil engineer
Oberst in the Bundeswehr

Major Friedrich Lang (12 January 1915 – 29 December 2003) was a German World War II Luftwaffe Stuka ace.[Note 1] He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves and Swords was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Friedrich Lang flew 1008 combat missions, from the first until the very last day of World War II. During all these missions he was never shot down, never crash landed his aircraft and never had to bail out.[1]

Early life

Friedrich Lang was born on 12 January 1915 in Mährisch-Trübau, Austria-Hungary as the son of a professor at a Gymnasium (secondary school). Lang grew up in Linz and in Czernowitz. He attended the German Gymnasium at Czernowitz, which was directed by his father since 1919, and graduated with his Abitur (diploma) in 1932.[1]

He then attended the Chernivtsi University where he studied four semesters of Physics and Mathematics. In October 1934 he decided to transfer to the technical University of Breslau where he studied aeronautical engineering. He received German citizenship on 17 April 1935.[2]

After World War II

After the war Friedrich Lang initially stayed by fellow soldier in Heilbronn. After he passed the necessary examinations he became an assistant teacher at a Volksschule in Gundelsheim am Neckar. In May 1946 a directive by the Office of Military Government of the United States led to his dismissal.[3]

Lang then moved to Neumünster in Holstein in November 1946. He married in 1947 and became a mason. He passed his journeyman's examination and attended the construction school at Bremen in 1950. His parents had settled here after they had been expelled from Silesia. Lang worked as a construction engineer in Bremen until 1955.[3]

Friedrich Lang rejoined the military service of the emerging Bundeswehr on 1 January 1956. He was declared unfit for flight service due to chronic venous insufficiency. From 1960 until 1963 he commanded the military school of the Luftwaffe. He received his promotion to Oberst (Colonel) in 1961. From 1967 until his retirement in 1971 he was commander of the military defense district 22 in Hanover.[3]



  1. For a list of Luftwaffe ground attack aces see List of German World War II Ground Attack aces
  2. According to Scherzer as pilot and technical officer in the I./StG 2 "Immelmann"[9]
  3. According to Scherzer on 28 November 1942.[9] According to Von Seemen as Staffelkapitän of the 2./StG 2 "Immelmann".[10]



  1. 1 2 Brütting 1992, p. 113
  2. Brütting 1992, p. 114.
  3. 1 2 3 Brütting 1992, p. 129.
  4. Patzwall 2008, p. 131.
  5. Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 267.
  6. 1 2 Thomas 1998, p. 5.
  7. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 283.
  8. Von Seemen 1976, p. 216.
  9. 1 2 3 4 Scherzer 2007, p. 491.
  10. Von Seemen 1976, p. 31.
  11. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 43.
  12. Von Seemen 1976, p. 17.


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Military offices
Preceded by
Major Fritz Thran
Commander of Schlachtgeschwader 101
1 July 1944 – 9 February 1945
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Oberstleutnant Hans-Ulrich Rudel
Acting Commander of Schlachtgeschwader 2 Immelmann
9 February 1945 – 13 February 1945
Succeeded by
Oberstleutnant Kurt Kuhlmey
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