Born: 3 March
1910 in Breslau, Poland.
Died: 18 August 1943 in Karlshagen, Germany.
Walter Thiel was a German rocket scientist during World War II. Walter Thiel was
the second son of Mr and Mrs Oscar and Elsa Thiel. After finishing school in Breslau
Walter then went on to further his education at the technical University of Wroclaw
and in 1933, left after receiving his diplomas in chemical engineering, he then
went on to Humboldt University in Berlin where in 1934 were he attained this doctorate.
The army ordnance department recruited him directly from the University.
1936 Walter Thiel had to complete his military service during this time he was
trained as a radio operator later in the year he was recruited by Walter
Robert Dornberger to work on the liquid fuelled rocket motor at Kummersdorf
in Berlin, Walter soon became head of his department, and it was not long before
Walter Thiel was instrumental in helping design components for
rocket engine, which was later to wreak havoc, as well as the rocket motor for
Wasserfall (Waterfall) surface-to-air missile
Sometime in August 1943
Walter Thiel declared that the A-4
developmental problems prevent mass production and suggested that the project
be cancelled. However, Walter Thiel was killed by a heavy bombing raid on Peenemünde
called operation Hydra. Dipl.-Ing. Martin
Schilling replaced Walter Thiel.
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