(Photo courtesy of Gareth Collins)

Generalleutnant Gerd von Massow
Born: 13 Sep 1896 in Hadersleben, Nordschleswig
Died: 29 Jun 1967 in Bad Pyrmont
Promotions:
Fähnrich (10 Aug 1914); Leutnant (04 Oct 1914); Oberleutnant (01 Apr 1925); Hauptmann (18 Jul 1930); Major (01 Apr 1935); Oberstleutnant (01 Apr 1937); Oberst (01 Oct 1939); Generalmajor (01 Apr 1943); Generalleutnant (20 Apr 1945)
Career:
Entered the Army as Platoon and Company Leader in the 7th Jäger-Battalion (10 Aug 1914-1919)
Company-Leader in the Westphali Free-Jäger-Corps (1919-30 Sep 1919)
Platoon-Leader in the 14th Infantry-Regiment (01 Oct 1919-30 Sep 1920)
Platoon-Leader in the 18th Infantry-Regiment (01 Oct 1920-17 Jul 1930)
Detached to the Staff of Group-Command 2 – secret Flying-Training in the USA (18 Jul 1930-31 Jul 1931)
Advisor in the Department T 3, Foreign Armies and L In 1, Flying-Training, RLM (01 Feb 1931-31 Aug 1933)
Advisor for Pilot-Training with the Command of Weapons-Schools (01 Sep 1933-31 Mar 1935)
Transferred to Luftwaffe Service as Commander of Flying-Group Schleißheim, Fighter-School (01 Apr 1935-08 Jun 1936)
Commodore of Fighter-Wing 2 ‘Richthofen’ (09 Jun 1936-07 Mar 1940)
Fighter-Leader 3 (08 Mar 1940-05 Jun 1940)
Inspector Of Fighters, OKL (06 Jun 1940-18 Dec 1940)
Higher Commander of Fighter and Destroyer Schools (19 Dec 1940-30 Jul 1944)
Commanding General of Flying Training (31 Jul 1944-08 May 1945)
In US Captivity (08 May 1945-01 Mar 1947)
Released (01 Mar 1947)

Decorations & Awards:
- 1914 EK I
- 1914 EK II
- Fürstl. Schaumburg-Lippisches Kreuz für treue Dienste 1914
- Grossherzoglich Mecklenburg-Schwerinsches Militär-Verdienstkreuz II. Klasse
- Verwundetenabzeichen, 1918 in Silber
- Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer
- Wehrmacht-Dienstauszeichnung IV. bis I. Klasse


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