Martin, Wolfgang

Date of birth:
September 11th, 1916 (Düsseldorf/Rhineprovince, Germany)
Date of death:
May 13th, 1944 (near Bürschen/Brandenburg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Erkennungsmarke 321/53578.

Wolfgang Martin served with 6. / Kampfgeschwader 3 from 1940 until March 1944. After this he was trained as Zerstörer pilot and was transferred to 4. / Zerstörergeschwader on 3rd Mai 1944. He died on 13th May 1944 near Bürschen, east of Frankfurt am Main as Oberfeldwebel and Flugzeugführer with 4. / Zerstörergeschwader 26 "Horst Wessel" together with his Bordfunker Feldwebel Ahlgrimm. Most probably they were shot down by a P-51 Mustang fighter. Martin flew a total of about 600 sorties and shot down two enemy planes of which one was a four engined bomber.

He lies buried at the Kriegsgräberstätte in Düsseldorf-Nordfriedhof (Germany), Plot 112, Row O, Grave 119.

Promotions:
1st December 1939: Unteroffizier;
1st September 1941: Feldwebel;
1st June 1942: Oberfeldwebel.

Career:
5th December 1939: Flieger Ausbildungs-Regiment;
6th August 1940: Flieger-Ersatz-Kampfgruppe II;
11th September 1940: 6. / Kampfgeschwader 3;
19th December 1942 - 2nd November 1943: 12. / Kampfgeschwader 3;
3rd November 1942 - 5th January 1944: 10. / Kampfgeschwader 3;
6th January 1944: II. / Kampfgeschwader 3;
30th March 1944 - 2nd May 1944: 2. / Ersatz-Zerstörergruppe;
3rd May 1944: 4. / Zerstörergeschwader 26.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 6. / Kampfgeschwader 3 "Blitz"
Awarded on:
November 1st, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 6. / Kampfgeschwader 3 "Blitz"
Awarded on:
January 22nd, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 6. / Kampfgeschwader 3 "Blitz"
Awarded on:
May 25th, 1941
Frontflugspange für Kampfflieger in Bronze
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 6. / Kampfgeschwader 3 "Blitz"
Awarded on:
July 12th, 1941
Frontflugspange für Kampfflieger in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 6. / Kampfgeschwader 3 "Blitz"
Awarded on:
September 30th, 1941
Frontflugspange für Kampfflieger in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 6. / Kampfgeschwader 3 "Blitz"
Awarded on:
November 4th, 1941
Details:
Published in the Ehrenliste der Deutschen Luftwaffe on 1st December 1941.
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 6. / Kampfgeschwader 3 "Blitz"
Awarded on:
May 27th, 1942
Details:
Awarding according to the soldbuch on 8th June 1942.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 6. / Kampfgeschwader 3 "Blitz"
Awarded on:
August 6th, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 6. / Kampfgeschwader 3 "Blitz"
Awarded on:
September 2nd, 1942
Frontflugspange für Kampfflieger in Gold mit anhänger
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 6. / Kampfgeschwader 3 "Blitz"
Awarded on:
December 30th, 1942
Action:
Received after 305 operational sorties.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

Sources

  • Photo 1: Soldbuch
  • Photo: Soldbuch/Hans-Peter Rackete
  • - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
    - Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001, ISBN 3-931533-45-X
    - Patzwall K.D., Der Ehrenpokal für besondere Leistung im Luftkrieg, Studien zur Geschichte der Auszeichnungen, Band 6, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2008, ISBN 978-3-931533-08-3
    - Soldbuch

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