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Luftwaffe Oberleutnant - Stuka Geschwader Immelmann & Fallschirm Division 1 - Regiment 14

Karl Heinz Wagner was a highly decorated Luftwaffe Oberleutnant. He spent most of the war in Russia eaning the Iron Cross 1st and 2nd class as well as the German Cross in Gold. He was the holder of the Gold Wound badge and qualified for the Luftwaffe Pilots badge and the Paratrooper badge.

He was originally flying with Stuka Geschader 2 (Immelmann) when on his last mission he was hit by Flak. "All I remember is waking up and my cigarette lighter was floating beside me. I went to reach it and must have passed out again. Somehow though I managed to pull my chute".

Karls parents were told that he would not make it. He had a very bad head wound and his chances of living were slim to none. However, Karl had other plans. He did eventually recover from his wounds but he was grounded. For him the thing he loved to do which was flying, was over. He was given a desk job for a year and would have ended the war fighting a paper work jungle instead of at the front where he belonged. 'It was driving me crazy I had to get back into action".

For Karl action meant joining the Paratroopers / Fallschirmjager. He was determined to get back with his friends in the field. By now the Paratroopers were not doing jumps so he joined Fallschirm Division 1 - Regiment 14 - zbv 1 which was a special group of men that would go into areas where the lines were collapsing in order to give them support.

The flying helmet in this post and the goggles were the actual ones Karl wore on his last mission. They were sent home to his father along with other belongings. He actually used to use the goggles when he worked in his workshop cutting wood on his saw. As soon as he knew that I was interested in his war service he went into his workshop and grabbed both items and gave them to me. This was the first time that we ever met.