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Moßgraber, Hans-Theo (Kampfgeschwader 3 'Blitz')

Date of birth:
August 23rd, 1918 (Pollença/Mallorca, Spain)
Date of death:
November 27th, 1942 (Sapelkino, USSR)
Buried on:
German War Cemetery Smolensk-Nishnjaja Dubrowinka
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)


Moßgraber, son of the painter Eugen Moßgraber and his wife Adele Carola, born Gerhardy, after graduating from high school , the Reich Labor Service and his training as a pilot and active officer in the Air Force with the 2nd group / KG 3 since early 1941.
He died on November 27, 1942 during his 300th enemy flight in the area west of Bely (Tver Oblast) , when his Ju 88 A-4 was hit or shot down by the enemy flak during an attack on the enemy deployment area near Szapelkino / Sapelkino.
Moßgraber was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.
Hans-Theo Moßgraber was buried in a war grave at Schatalowka-West field airport near Smolensk, which was later desecrated and leveled by the Soviets.
His older brother Georg Joachim ( born July 31, 1916), first lieutenant and fighter pilot in the 3rd squadron / Kampfgeschwader 27 ( He 111 H-5 ), had already fallen in Romania on July 18, 1941. His war grave was also destroyed by the enemy.

KIA 27 November, 1942 in Russia, failing to return from his 300th combat mission. Remaining crew (KIA): Fw Kurt Jauer, Obs; Uffz Werner Richter, R/O and Fw Walter Lehnhof, Gnr.
Alternate spelling: Mossgruber

01.08.1939: promoted to Leutnant (Flak) RDA withheld
01.01.1939: RDA as Leutnant, bei den Offizieren z.b.V. des R.d.L.u.Ob.d.L.(Sch.Etat)
Early 1941: transferred to II./ KG 3 'Blitz'
19.01.1942: Oberleutnant, awarded Ehrenpokal
Mid-1942: appointed Staka 5./ KG 3
09.06.1942: Oberleutnant, awarded DKiG, 5./ KG 3
27.11.1942: Oberleutnant, Staka 5./ KG 3 - KIA – in Ju 88 A-4 coded '5K+LN' shot down West of Bely apparently by AA while attacking assembly areas near Sapelkino
Buried at Shatalovka-West
29.10.1943: Oberleutnant, posthumously awarded Ritterkreuz, Staka 5./KG 3
Credited with exactly 300 combat missions

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
5. Staffel, II. Gruppe, Kampfgeschwader 3 "Blitz", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
June 9th, 1942
Written in Patzwall / Scherzer as Mossgraber.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Second World War (1939-1945)
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Staffelkapitän, 5. Staffel, II. Gruppe, Kampfgeschwader 3 "Blitz", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
October 29th, 1943
Awarded in recognition of his 300 sorties as a bomber pilot in the central sector of the eastern front.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Second World War (1939-1945)
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
KG 3
Awarded on:
January 19th, 1942
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg