TracesOfWar needs your help! We miss photos of important sights in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany. Submit your photos to input@tracesofwar.com and it will be published!

Enzensberger, Josef (Schlachtgeschwader 10)

Date of birth:
August 21st, 1914 (Sonthofen/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
September 6th, 1975 (Ostertal near Sonthofen/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Josef Enzensberger was a mountain guide and ski instructor from Sonthofen in Allgäu.
He served as a ground-attack pilot with the I. Gruppe of Schlachtgeschwader 2, and then the I. Gruppe of Schlachtgeschwader 10.
He flew his first mission from Sicily against Malta in October 1942.
He was wounded in a forced landing in Tunisia on 20 February 1943, and made another forced landing in Tunisia on 8 March 1943, returning to his unit two days later.
His unit served in North Africa from November 1942 to April 1943, and then in Sicily, Sardinia and southern Italy until September 1943.
It then moved to the Eastern Front in late 1943, serving there until the end of the war.
On the last day of the war he flew from Budweis to the west to escape Soviet imprisonment.
He joined the new German Air Force after the war and served until he retired.
He died in a motorcycle accident on 6 September 1975.
He had a brother in Sonthofen, who ran a flower shop.

Do you have more information about this person? Inform us!

Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel (Flight Sergeant)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer
Awarded on:
May 8th, 1944
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel (Flight Sergeant)
Unit:
1. Staffel, I. Gruppe, Schlachtgeschwader 10, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
June 13th, 1944
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel (Flight Sergeant)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer, 1. Staffel, I. Gruppe, Schlachtgeschwader 10, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
February 28th, 1945
Awarded after flying over 500 sorties. This total would stand at 550 by the end of the war.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

Sources

Photos