BirthdayJuly 27, 1915

Celebrity biographies

  1. About Josef Priller

    Full name: Josef Priller
    Also known as: Josef Priller, Priller, Josef
    Professions: German World War II fighter pilot
    Work: Commander of Jagdgeschwader 26 Schlageter

  2. Josef Priller Measurements

    Height: 5' 4" (1.63 m)

  3. Josef Priller Death information

    Died: Saturday, 20th of May, 1961 (Age: 45)

  4. Josef Priller Biography

    Josef "Pips" Priller (German pronunciation: [ jo?z?f p??l?]) (27 July 1915 – 20 May 1961) was a German World War II fighter ace. He has become famous because of the publicity regarding his Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8's single strafing pass attack on Sword Beach on 6 June 1944 (D-Day), accompanied by his wingman Heinz Wodarczyk. This act was first brought to the world's attention by the book, then the film, The Longest Day. Contrary to popular belief, Priller and his wingman were not the only Luftwaffe forces to attack the beachhead that day. Both Luftwaffe Hauptmann (Captain) Helmut Eberspächer, leading a ground-attack four-plane element of Fw 190s of SKG 10, which was responsible for downing a quartet of RAF Avro Lancasters at 0500 over the invasion area, and the Luftwaffe bomber wing Kampfgeschwader 54 made several attacks on the British beachheads on D-Day. Priller was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves and Swords was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

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