Geismann, Johannes "Hans"

Date of birth:
June 20th, 1920 (Hattingen an der Ruhr/Westphalia, Germany)
Date of death:
August 15th, 1994 (Aurich/Lowersaxony, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Hans Geismann finally reached the rank of Hauptmann. After the Second World War he served with the Bundeswehr and finally reached the rank of Oberst.

15.11.1939: volunteered for the Luftwaffe - training with Fl.Ausb.Rgt. 63, with FFS A/B Marienbad then with FFS C 1, then BFS 1 and Grosse KFS 1
Summer 1941: 1./ KGr. 606
19.01.42: WIA as Leutnant in KGr. 606 when his Ju 88 A-4 crashed ivo Corigliane as a result of motor trouble
08.1942: Staka 1./ KG 77
01.09.1942: I./ KG 77 : unit renamed
12.11.1942: claimed to have sunk a passenger ship of about 20,000 GRT, possibly the Awatea (13,482 GRT) or the Cathay (15,225 GRT)
01.04.1943: promoted Oberleutnant in KG 77
06.1943: training on torpedos in Germany
11.1943 - 07.1944: Oblt and Staka 10./ KG 77
03.1944: flew some torpedo missions in the Mediterranean
08.1944: retrained on fighters
01.10.1944: promoted to Hauptmann
11.1944: converted to night fighters and assigned to IV./ NJG 1
05.1945: Staka in IV./ NJG 1

30.09.1979: retired from the Bundeswehr as an Oberst i.G.
Pilot credited with sinking more than 71,000 GRT of shipping.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer
Awarded on:
August 10th, 1942
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit:
1. Staffel, Küstenfliegergruppe 606, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
October 27th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer, 1. Staffel, I. Gruppe, Kampfgeschwader 77, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
December 21st, 1942
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
January 19th, 1942
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz

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