Obergefreiter (Senior Lance-Corporal) Josef Bauer,
Richtkanoniere L.E. Flakabt
Born in upper Austria, in the village of Eidenberg. He died aged 25 on the 6th December 1944 from shrapnel wounds.
His unit is a bit of a mystery to me, my best guess was: Richtkanoniere [a type of anti-aircraft weapon] L.E. Flakabt [Light Flakunit], however I have found L.E. could also mean Luftsperr Ersatz, who were made into anti-aircraft battalions later in the war.
He held the Iron Cross second class as well as the Wound badge, the Luftwaffe Ground Combat Badge and the Crimea Shield [Krimschilde]. To get the Luftwaffe ground assault badge he would have had to:
“In order to receive the Ground Combat Badge, the following criteria needed to meet,
- Involvement in three separate engagements on separate days.
- Being wounded in an engagement.
- Being awarded a decoration in an engagement.
- A member killed in an action was automatically awarded the badge.”
So all three of these are a possibility as he has a bravery decoration, and one that shows he was wounded, and he was killed in action…. So he could have been given the award for any of the four reasons.