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Erich Hohagen
9 January 1915(1915-01-09) – 8 March 1990 (aged 75)
Place of birth Velbert
Place of death Jever
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany (to 1945)
West Germany West Germany
Service/branch Balkenkreuz.svg Luftwaffe (Wehrmacht)
Bundeswehr Kreuz.svg Luftwaffe (Bundeswehr)
Years of service 1934 – 1945 (Wehrmacht)
1956 – 1974 (Bundeswehr)
Rank Major (Wehrmacht)
Brigadegeneral (Bundeswehr)
Unit JG 51, JG 2, JG 27, JG 72
Commands held 4./JG 51, I./JG 2, I./JG 27, JG 72
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Other work Bundeswehr

Erich Hohagen (9 January 1915 – 8 March 1990) was a German Luftwaffe flying ace during World War II and a high ranking general in the post World War II Bundeswehr. He is credited with 56 aerial victories including 13 four-engine bombers.

On 1 June 1943, Wilhelm Steinmann claimed a Royal Air Force (RAF) Supermarine Spitfire shot down. However, he had made a mistake in identification and had shot down a Bf 109 G-6 flown by the Gruppenkommandeur of I./JG 27, Hauptmann Erich Hohagen. Hohagen was forced to bail out of his Bf 109 G-6 (W.Nr. 16 391) and was wounded in the incident.



  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Obermaier, Ernst (1989). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe Jagdflieger 1939 - 1945 (in German). Mainz, Germany: Verlag Dieter Hoffmann. ISBN 3-87341-065-6.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Ritterkreuzträger 1939 - 1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.
Military offices
Preceded by
Major Walter Nowotny
Commander of Kommando Nowotny
8 November 1944 – 19 November 1944
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Commander of Jagdgeschwader 72
11 November 1959 – October, 1961
Succeeded by
Oberstleutnant Friedrich Obleser


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