Leutnant: 1 November 1926
Oberleutnant: 1 November 1930
1 October 1934 (RDA 1 October 1932)
1 April 1935
1 December 1938
19 July 1940
1 April 1942
1 August 1944
May 1924: Joined the Polizei [Police].
May 1924-31 March 1931: Company officer and platoon leader with the Bavarian
Landespolizei [Land Police] in Nürnberg and police recruit trainer in Fürth.
April 1931-30 September 1934: Pilot course with the Luftpolizei [Air Police]
and assigned to Flight Surveillance North Bavaria, Fürth.
October 1934: Left the Police and entered the Luftwaffe as an Oberleutnant.
October 1934-31 March 1935: Pilot at the Kampffliegerschule [Combat Flying
April 1935-31 July 1935: Fighter course at Flying School Schleißheim.
August 1935-6 March 1936: Course Leader at Flying School Salzwedel.
March 1936-14 march 1937: Adjutant, Jagdgeschwader [Fighter Wing] 134 “Horst
March 1937-31 August 1938: Group Commander in Jagdgeschwader 234 and Military
Airfield Commandant Köln-Ostheim.
September 1938-31 March 1939: Commander of Jagdgruppe [Fighter Group] 88
of the German Legion Condor in Spain [group equipped with He 51 biplanes
and Messerschmitt Bf 109s].
April 1939-17 July 1939: Commander of I Group of Lehrgeschwader 1 [unit
equipped with Messerschmitt Bf 110s].
July 1939-14 April 1940: Commander of V. (z) Group of Lehrgeschwader 1,
Barth / Pommern [Grabmann was wounded on the first day of World War II—1
September 1939—when his Bf 110 was hit by fire from a Polish fighter that
was attacking a formation of German bombers his unit was escorting].
April 1940-31 July 1941: Commander of Zerstörergeschwader [Fighter-Destroyer
Wing] 76 and Fighter Leader Northern Norway [This unit was equipped with
Messerschmitt Bf 110s. On 18 May 1940, an enemy fighter shot down Grabmann
while he was attempting a low-level attack on Douai airfield in France.
He parachuted to safety but was quickly captured by French troops. Grabmann
was repatriated six days later by an advancing German panzer column.].
August 1941-19 August 1942: Commander of Zerstörerschule [Fighter-Destroyer
School] 2, Memmingen.
August 1942-10 November 1943: Fighter Leader for the Holland-Ruhr area.
November 1943-4 April 1945: Commander of 3. Jagddivision [Fighter Division].
April 1945-29 April 1945: Commander of 1. Jagddivision.
April 1945-7 July 1945: Commander of 15. Flieger-Division [Air Division].
July 1945-17 May 1948: British prisoner of war.
- 9th January 1946
transferred to Island Farm Special Camp 11 from Camp 1
- 12th May 1948
transferred to Camp 186 fo repatriation
sources state Walter Grabmann received credit for 12 aerial victories as
a fighter pilot: 6 in Spain and 6 in the west during World War II.
Cross of the Iron Cross: 14 September 1940, Oberstleutnant, commander, Zerstörergeschwader
Cross, 1st Class (1939)
Cross, 2nd Class (1939)
Spanish Cross in Gold with Swords
Flying Clasp for Long-Range Day Fighters in (Gold?)
Combined Pilot/Observer Badge
Forces Long Service Awards
to see a photo of Generalmajor Walter Grabmann in the company of fellow prisoners
of war at Island Farm.
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