Unterfeldmeister Franz Bitz
From Lengenfeld, Germany he was born on the 22.1.1912. His civilian job was a carpenter.
Bitz joined the RAD as early as 1935, although the Dienstausweis was issued in 1941.
Bitz served with the following units:
1935/38 – RAD-Abt. 305 in Kempten
1940 – RAD-Abt. 6/304 Burtenbach
1941 – RAD-Abt. 172 in Laurensberg
1942 – RAD-Abt. 321
1943 – RAD-Abt. 329 & 325 in Kassel
1944 – RAD-Abt. 322 in Metz & 325 in Wiesbach & 320 in Saarbrücken – In various Flak units!
1945 – RAD-Abt. 328 – Flak
In 1944 – He was serving with Schwere Flak with his RAD Abt 2/631 in Saarbrücken
Bitz also attended a special course to be a leader for heavy Flak.
In January 1945 – serving in the ‘Endkampf’ (Last Battles) under Luftflotte Reich and Luftflotte 6. Which were operating in Eastern Prussia/Oder Front in early 1945.
It seems Bitz was serving with I./z.b.V – Batterie 10361 (RAD 3/.328) during the final battles of the Third Reich.
SA Sports badge
4 Year Service Medal
War Merit Cross with Swords
Raised the ranks to Unterfeldmeister, which is the equivalent to Officer Cadet.
A nice example of a RAD ID, that saw the whole war.
With awards and weapon entry, not often seen so well filled out. This one has to be one of the more interesting out there.