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Martin Harlinghausen was a Luftwaffe Commander during World War II.

Harlinghausen joined the German Navy on 1 April 1923. Staying in the military, he transferred to the Luftwaffe in October 1933. In December 1937, he took Command of AS 88, a anti-shipping unit in the Condor Legion.During World War II, he operated as a pilot, gaining the Ritterkreuz on 5 May 1940 for sinking 100,000 tons of Allied shipping.

After sinking another 27,000 tons of shipping, he was awarded the Oak Leaves (Eichenlaub) 30 January 1941.In March 1941 he was appointed Fliegerf√ľhrer Atlantik a post he held until July 1942. During his time as Fliegerf√ľhrer Atlantik, Harlinghasuen was held responsible for the Luftwaffe's failure to prevent the loss of the battleship Bismarckmarker.

Harlinghausen was later appointed Fliegerf√ľhrer Tunesien in July 1942.Harlinghausen remained in the Mediterranean theatre until 18 June 1943, when disagreements with his superiors led to his replacement.

In December 1944 Harlinghausen was appointed Chef des Luftwaffenkommandos "West", a position he held until the cession of hostilities.





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