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Luftwaffe Oberleutnant Karl Scmidt

Karl Schmidt was a JU 88 pilot in KG 30 and ended up winning the German Cross in Gold among other awards for bravery.

KG 30 was equipped with the Junkers Ju 88 and was initially trained as an anti-shipping and maritime attack unit.

In October 1939 it attacked shipping in the Firth of Forth.

II./KG 30 operated under X. Fliegerkorps for Operation Weserübung, the invasion of Norway. The unit Ju 88s engaged Allied shipping as its main target. On 9 April 1940, in cooperation with high-level bombing Heinkel He 111s of KG 26, Ju 88s of II./KG 30 dive-bombed and damaged the battleship HMS Rodney and sink the destroyer HMS Gurkha. The unit lost four Ju 88s in the action, the highest single loss of KG 30 throughout the campaign.

On 9 June 1940 Kampfgeschwader 30 took over Chièvres Air Base. On 17 June 1940 bombers from II./KG 30 sank RMS Lancastria off St Nazaire as she evacuated troops during Operation Ariel, killing some 5,800 Allied personnel.

On 15 October 1940 III./KG30 was redesignated Ergänzungskampfgruppe 6 and a new III./KG 30 was formed in Amsterdam-Schiphol from III./KG 4.

In September 1942 KG 30 was active against Arctic convoy PQ 18. Attacking PQ 18, the group carried out a massed torpedo attack known as the Golden Comb, developed as an anti-convoy measure. This was initially successful, sinking several ships, though the group suffered heavy losses.

On 23 November 1944 Kampfgeschwader 30 was redesignated as Kampfgeschwader(J)30, converting to a fighter unit.

KG(J)30 was to be equipped with the Me 262A in early 1945 but none were delivered due to production shortages. KG 30(J) were alternately supplied with the BF 109G . KG(J)30 was disbanded 18 April 1945 by order from IX.Fliegerkorps(J).