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Blechschmidt, Joachim (Zerstörergeschwader 1)

Date of birth:
December 28th, 1912 (Schleiz/Thuringia, Germany)
Date of death:
July 13th, 1943 (near Orel, Soviet Union)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Joachim Blechschmidt was a German Luftwaffe ace who was last seen exiting his aircraft after being shot down near Orel behind enemy lines. He was posthumously promoted to Oberstleutnant.

Career:
24.04.1941: Hauptmann and Staka 2./ KGr.z.b.V. 9
20.08.1942: Hptm., converted to fighters and appointed Kdr I./ ZG 1
12.04.-13.07.1943: Kommodore Zerstörergeschwader 1
19.06.1943: Major, appointed provisional Kommodore ZG 1
13.07.1943: Stab/ ZG 1 MIA – in Bf 110 G-2 (S9+BA) shotup by fighters and force-landed on fire behind Russian lines around Ulyanovo-Bolchov near Orel; crew exited aircraft but not seen again and presumed dead and subsequently promo to Oberstleutnant in absentia
01.08.1944: officially listed as MIA.
Credited with over 400 combat missions and 17 air victories.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
Staffelführer, Kampfgruppe z.b.V. 9, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
February 4th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major (Squadron Leader)
Unit:
Kommandeur, I. Gruppe, Zerstörergeschwader 1, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
March 17th, 1943
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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