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Marseille, Hans-Joachim "Jochen"

Date of birth:
December 13th, 1919 (Berlin-Charlottenburg/Barandenburg, Germany)
Date of death:
September 30th, 1942 (Sidi Abd el Rahman, Egypt)
Buried on:
German War Cemetery Tobruk
Grave: 4133.
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Hans-Joachim Walter Rudolf Siegfried Marseille was born on December 13th, 1919 geboren as son to Charlotte Marie Johanna Pauline Gertrud Riemer and Siegfried Georg Martin Marseille.

In 382 operational sorties, Marseillehas supposed to have shot down 158 enemy aircraft. This number is still under debate due to the differences between German claims and reported losses by the Allies.
Was killed on September 30th, 1942 as Hauptmann and Staffelkapitän van 3. / Jagdgeschwader 27.

Promotions:
November 7th, 1938: Fahnenjunker;
1941: Oberfähnrich;
?: Leutnant;
May 1st, 1942: Oberleutnant;
September 16th, 1942: Hauptmann.

Career:
1926 - 1930: Volksschule Berlin;
1930 - 1938: Prinz Heinrich Gymnasium in Berlin-Schöneberg;
April 4th, 1938 - September 24th, 1938: Abteilung 1/177, Reichsarbeitsdienst;
November 7th, 1938: Luftwaffe Quedlinburg;
March 1st, 1939: Luftkriegsschule 4, Fürstenfeldbruck;
November 1st, 1939 - July 18th, 1940: Jagdfliegerschule 5, Wien-Schwechat;
1940: Ergänzungsjagdgruppe Merseburg;
August 10th, 1940: I. / Lehrgeschwader 2, Calais-Marck;
October 1940: 4. / Jagdgeschwader 52;
December 24th, 1940: 1. / Jagdgeschwader 27;
June 8th, 1942: Staffelkapitän 3. / Jagdgschwader 27.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
February 1st, 1940
Flugzeugführerabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 9th, 1940
Details:
Awarded after his second victory.
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 17th, 1940
Details:
Awarded after his fourth victory.
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer
Awarded on:
October 19th, 1941
Details:
Published in the Ehrenliste der Deutschen Luftwaffe on November 3rd, 1941.
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit:
3. Staffel, I. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 27, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
November 24th, 1941
Action:
Awarded for 25 victories.
Details:
Award 52/4.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer, 3. Staffel, I. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 27, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
February 22nd, 1942
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Awarded on:
June 4th, 1942
Action:
Mentioning:
"Hauptmann Müncheberg recorded on 2 June, his 80th, Oberleutnant Marseille on 3 June in North Africa his 70th to 75th aerial victory."
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer, 3. Staffel, I. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 27, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
June 6th, 1942
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Details:
97th Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Awarded on:
June 12th, 1942
Action:
Mentioning:
"Oberfeldwebel Steinbatz recorded his 95th on the Eastern Front, Oberleutnant Marseille in North Africa his 78th to 81st aerial victory."
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Awarded on:
June 18th, 1942
Action:
Mentioning:
"Oberleutnant Marseille in North Africa within 24 hours shot down 10 enemy aircraft and increased his count of aerial victories to 101."
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Staffelkapitän, 3. Staffel, I. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 27, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
June 18th, 1942
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Details:
12th Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Staffelkapitän, 3. Staffel, I. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 27, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
August 6th, 1942
Action:
Citation:
Original Italian text:
"Pilota da caccia di raro ardire e di incomparabile perizia, con freddo, mirabile e Cosciente coraggio in aspri cimenti e in duri combattimenti nei cieli del Mediterraneo e dell'Africa Settentrionale, abbatteva 94 velivoli che sommava ad altri 7 apparecchi abbattuti nel cielo della Manica. Esempio costante di audacia e di ardimento, di fronte al rischio, confermava sempre le sue bellissime virtù di pilota eccezionale e di superbo combattente. - Cielo del Mediterraneo e dell'Africa Settentrionale italiana, 26 aprile 1941 -18 giugno 1942."
Details:
Presented by Bennito Mussolini on August 13th, 1942.
Medaglia d'oro al Valore Militare
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Awarded on:
August 1942
Gemeinsames Flugzeugfuhrer-Beobachter Abzeichen mit Brillianten
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Staffelkapitän, 3. Staffel, I. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 27, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
September 3rd, 1942
Details:
4th Award.
Ritterkreuz, Eichenlaub, Schwertern und Brillanten
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Awarded on:
September 4th, 1942
Action:
Mentioning:
"Oberleutnant Marseille, Staffelkapitän in a Jagdgeschwader, recorded on 2 September on the Egyptian front his 125th aerial victory, after he defeated 16 (17) British adversaries the preceding day."
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Awarded on:
September 16th, 1942
Action:
Mentioning:
"Oberleutnant Marseille recorded his 145th to 151st aerial victory on the Egyptian front."
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Awarded on:
October 1st, 1942
Action:
Mentioning:
"Hauptmann Hans-Joachim Marseille, recipient of the highest German medal of bravery, found, undefeated by the enemy, at the North African theatre of war his flier's death. Full of fighting spirit, this young officer had defeated 158 British adversaries. The Wehrmacht mourns the loss of a truly heroic warrior."
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Awarded on:
July 7th, 1943
Details:
Awarded posthumously.
Ärmelband Afrika
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
Number of sorties 300
Frontflugspange für Jäger in Gold mit anhänger und einzatszahl

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