Ritterkreuzträger Josef Luxenberger Back from a Successful Mission
Hauptmann Josef Luxenburger (2 April 1915 - 5 September 2009) just back from a successful mission. He received the coveted Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes (Knight's Cross of the Iron Crosses) on 3 April 1943 as Oberleutnant and Beobachter (Observer) of 4.Staffel / II.Gruppe / Kampfgeschwader 55 (KG 55) "Greif". He also received Eisernes Kreuz II.Klasse und I.Klasse; and Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (2 January 1942). The wing of the aircraft in the background is from a Heinkel He 111 medium bomber, the standard bomber for KG 55 from its conception through to the last days of the war.