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Malapert, Freiherr von, Robert-Georg

Date of birth:
August 7th, 1912 (Darmstadt, Germany)
Date of death:
May 21st, 1942 (Sechtschinskaja, Soviet Union)
Nationality:
German

Biography

Robert-Georg Freiherr von Malapert genannt von Neufville was born on August 7th 1912. In 1934 he entered the army in Potsdam with the Infanterie-Regiment 19.
In the fall of 1936 he entered the Luftwaffe as a Oberfähnrich and he was promoted to Leutnant on April 1st 1937. He joined the III Gruppe Stuka-Geschwader 165 as Flugzeugführer. In the summer of 1939 he joined the Stuka-Geschwader 1. After the Polish Campaign and the Campaign in the West, he became Kapitän with the 5. Staffel.
After this he was from June 1941 placed on the Eatern Front.
As Hauptmann, he overtook command of the II. Gruppe/Stuka-Geschwader 1 in March 1942.
On 21st May 1942, von Malapert and his observer Oberfeldwebel Otto Mees started their plane from the airfield in Sechtschinskaja, for an attack on a bridge near Moscow. After von Malapert had destroyed the bridge his plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire and he had to make a crash landing. He landed in the no-mansland between the German and Soviet front between Sechtschinskaja and Moscow. Walking they tried to reach their own lines. During the last jump to reach their own defences, von Malapert was probably shot by a sniper. Otto Mees succeeded in reaching the German lines. An infantry unit later managed to reach von Malapert's body and brought it to the nearby base at Sechtschinskaja, where he was buried.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 27th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 28th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
II. / Stukageschwader 1
Awarded on:
October 15th, 1941
Details:
Award 1/6.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Staffelkapitän 5. / Stukageschwader 1
Awarded on:
January 6th, 1942
Details:
393rd Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur II. / Stukageschwader 1.
Awarded on:
June 8th, 1942
Details:
99th Award.
Awarded Posthumously.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 15th, 1941

Sources

  • Photo 1: Wilco Vermeer
  • Photo: Wilco Vermeer
  • - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
    - 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
    - Documents and information via Hermann Historica 49.Auktion catalogue
    - http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de

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