Fözö, Josef "Joschko"

Date of birth:
November 7th, 1912 (Vienna, Austria)
Date of death:
March 3rd, 1979 (Vienna, Austria)
Nationality:
Austrian (1918-1938, Republic)

Biography

Promotions:
?: Leutnant;
?: Oberleutnant;
?: Hauptmann;
September 1st, 1941: Major.

Career:
1937: Luftwaffe (Österreich);
1 april 1938: Flieger-Ersatz-Abteilung 27, Halberstadt;
1938-1939: 3. Staffel, Jagdgruppe 88, Legion Kondor;
April 1939: Staffelkapitän, 10. Staffel, Jagdgeschwader 72;
July 16th, 1939: Staffelkapitän, 2. Staffel, Jagdgeschwader 71;
?: Jagdfliegerschule Werneuchen;
September 1st, 1939: Staffelkapitän, 4. Staffel, Jagdgeschwader 51;
February 21st, 1941: Kommandeur, II. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 51;
February 21st, 1942: Ia, Jagdfliegerführer 2;
May 3rd, 1942: Kommandeur, I. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 51;
November 7th, 1942: Adjutant, Jagdfliegerführer 3;
April 1st, 1943: Stab, Höheren Jagdfliegerführer West;
May 13th, 1943: Luftattaché Budapest;
August 26th, 1943: Ia, Jagdfliegerführer 3;
June 4th, 1944: mdFb, Jagdgeschwader 108;
June 30th, 1944 - January 29th, 1945: Kommandeur, I. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 108.

He was seriously injured on July 11th, 1941 to the head in an accident when taking off at Stava Bykhov with his Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-2 (Werknr 12 836).
On May 31st, 1942 he was injured in a crash landing at Tubelja with his Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-2 (Werknr. 8086).
In total Josef Gözö achieved 27 air victories, of which three during the Spanish Civil War, 15 at the Western Front and Nine at the Eastfront.

Of his victories the pilot are known for:
- July 8th, 1940: Supermarine Spitfire, No. 65 Squadron, Squadron Leader Desmond Cooke, 16.45 hrs, near Dover;
- July 13th, 1940: Hawker Hurrican, No. 56 Squadron, Flight Lieutenant John Hunter Coghlan, 16.45 hrs, 10 km West of Cap Griz Nez (damaged);
- July 13th, 1940: Hawker Hurricane, No. 56 Squadron, Sergeant Clifford Whitehead, 16.45 hrs, 10 km West of Cap Griz Nez;
- July 31st, 1940: Supermarine Spitfire, No. 74 Squadron, Pilot Officer Harold Raymond Gunn, 16.55 hrs, over the English Channel;
- August 18th, 1940: Hawker Hurricane, No. 501 Squadron, Flight Lieutenant George Edward Stoney, East of Ramsgate;
- August 24th, 1940: Supermarine Spitfire, No. 610 Squadron, Sergeant Stanley John Arnfield, 9.35 hrs, Northwest of Dover;
- August 26th, 1940: Supermarine Spitfire, No. 616 Squadron, Flying Officer George Edward Moberley, 13.15 hrs, near Dover.

Off his own planes known are:
- Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3, (Werknr. 1133) "Weisse 1", 4./JG51;
- Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-2 (Werknr 12 836), II./JG51;
- Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-2 (Werknr. 8086), I./JG51.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
Kommandeur, II. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 51 "Mölders", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
July 2nd, 1941
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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