(Photo courtesy of Gareth Collins)

General der Flieger Dr. Robert Knauss
Born: 14 Jun 1892 in Stuttgart
Died: 14 Feb 1955 in Ronco s'Ascona
Doctorate In Political Science:
Promotions:
Fähnrich (25 Feb 1911); Leutnant (18 Nov 1911); Oberleutnant (18 Sep 1915); Hauptmann (18 Oct 1918); Major (01 Apr 1935); Oberstleutnant (01 Nov 1935); Oberst (01 Jan 1938); Generalmajor (01 Aug 1940); Generalleutnant (01 Aug 1942); General der Flieger (01 Mar 1944)
Career:
Entered the Army as an Fahnenjunker, Company-Officer, Platoon and Company Leader in the 125th Infantry-Regiment (01 Jul 1910-15 May 1915)
Observer in the Flying-Battalions 59 and A 269, Signals-Officer with the Commander Of Flying 4 (16 May 1915-31 May 1918)
General-Staff-Officer with the 52nd Reserve-Division (01 Jun 1918-1919)
In the Grand General Staff then in the Reichs Defence Ministry (1919-20 Jan 1920)
Retired (20 Jan 1920)
Leader of the Night Flight Operations of the Firm Deutscher Aerolloyd AG (01 Jul 1924-31 Aug 1925)
Leader of the Traffic-Command of the Firm Deutscher Aerolloyd AG (01 Sep 1925-31 Dec 1925)
Leader of the Traffic-Department of the Deutschen Lufthansa AG, from 1928 Attorney (01 Jan 1926-31 Jan 1933)
Leader of the Formation and Training Staff (‘Traffic-Inspection’) of Lufthansa and Commander of the (camouflaged) Auxiliary-Bomber-Wing 172, from 1934 also Deputising Member Of The Board of Deutschen Lufthansa AG (01 Nov 1933-31 Mar 1935)
Entered Luftwaffe Service (01 Apr 1935-11 Mar 1936)
Commander of I. Group of Bomber-Wing Boelcke (12 Mar 1936-30 Sep 1937)
Commodore of Instruction-Wing Greifswald (01 Oct 1937-09 Apr 1940)
Chief Of Staff of the Commander of Luftwaffe in Norway (10 Apr 1940-09 May 1940)
Acting-Chief Of Staff of Air-Fleet 1 (09 May 1940-04 Oct 1940)
Commander of the Air War Academy, Berlin-Gatow (05 Oct 1940-19 Jan 1944)
Führer-Reserve OKL (19 Jan 1944-31 Jan 1945)
Placed to the Disposal of Air-Region-Command V (01 Feb 1945-08 May 1945)
In French Captivity (08 May 1945-28 Dec 1945)
Released (28 Dec 1945)

Decorations & Awards:
- 1914 EK I
- 1914 EK II
- Kgl. Preuss. Flugzeugbeobachter-Abzeichen
- Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer
- Wehrmacht-Dienstauszeichnung IV. bis III. Klasse


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