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Archive Report: Axis Forces
1914-1918   1935-1945

Compiled from official National Archive and Service sources, contemporary press reports, personal logbooks, diaries and correspondence, reference books, other sources, and interviews.


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Peter-Bruno Kramer Luftwaffe Pilot
Peter-Bruno Kramer: Shipping and Ground Attack Specialist

Peter-Bruno Kramer was a Luftwaffe officer who served from 1934-1945. He had an illustrious career and received numerous awards for his achievements, including the Knights Cross and German Cross in Gold. He flew hundreds of combat missions with KG28, KG4 and the elite LG1. 

His effects were auctioned and what follows is the description of the items sold.

 Liestungsbuch; Kramer’s wartime personal “achievement book” with 56 typewritten pages of his 277 combat missions, and includes a full English translation. This book has extensive details of his Luftwaffe war career; Attacks on shipping (freighters and Royal Navy warships sunk and damaged by bombs and torpedoes), raiding the harbours of Tobruk and Alexandria (Egypt) in support of the Afrikakorps, enemy tank concentrations, rail targets, shooting down enemy aircraft, etc, This Leistungsbuch is an incredible historical document and should highlight even the most advanced Luftwaffe collection!

 Luftwaffe oilcloth ID. Issued by Lehrgeschwader 1 in1942, photo wearing tropical uniform and with signature of LG1 commander Helbig. 

Documents (all with the Luftwaffe);

Service Medal 4th Class. Oct, 1938

Promotion to Leutnant. Jan, 1939. Large folio version.

Promotion to Oberleutnant. Dec, 1939. Large folio version.

KVK2 w/ Swords. Jan, 1941. Awarded by the Luftwaffe’s technical office in Berlin for Kramer’s development of a new type of incendiary bomb.

Wound Badge in Black. June, 1942. Kramer’s base was attacked in a night raid by British commandos and he was wounded in the firefight!

Promotion to Hauptman. June, 1942. Large folio version.

Krimshield. March, 1943. Nice illustrated version.

Ehrenpokal (Honor Goblet). March 1944

Kramer’s actual WW2 worn medals;

KVK2 w/ Swords (no ribbon)

Black Wound Badge

Krimshield (w/o backing cloth)


  

   

  

  

  

  


(Photo: above. Postwar confirmation of Kramer's award document for the Knight's Cross issued in January 1945. The Bomber Clasp in gold with pendant was issued the month before his near fatal crash)


Researched by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs with assistance from Tom Kracker of Kracker Archive (world's largest database of Luftwaffe flying personnel).




Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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