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Möbus, Martin

Date of birth:
May 9th, 1917 (Zeisdorf, Sorau, Germany)
Date of death:
June 2nd, 1944 (Pori, Finland)
Buried on:
German War Cemetery Rovaniemi-Norvaja
Plot: 5. Grave: 7.
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

At the age of 16, Martin Möbus was the leader of a group of 250 Hitler Youth members. Already at that same age he flew with gliderplanes.

He began his training with the Luftwaffe in 1936 and completed his course in 1938. His first unit to fly with was the I.Gruppe of them1. Stukageschwader. With this unit he took part of the campaign in Poland (spetember 1939) and Norway (april-may 1940).

After these campaigns het was ordered to Germany for more training and flew with the 4./Stuka-Geschwader 2. his excellent leader capacity's made him Hauptmann and Commander of the 1./Stuka-Geschwader 5 during the Russian Campaign.

Martin Möbus was killed in a car crash in Pori, Finnland on June 2nd 1944. During the more than 800 sorties he flew, he destroyed over 60 Soviet tanks, 5 armoured trains, 18 Flak batteries, 600 assorted vehicles, 1 cruiser and 1 tanker (with 14500 GRT).

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
1.Gruppe Stuka Geschwader 5
Awarded on:
April 25th, 1944
Awarded after flying over 750 sorties.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Lieutenant)
Unit:
1.Gruppe Stuka-Geschwader 1. "Insterburger Gruppe"
Awarded on:
May 8th, 1940
Knights Cross obtained for the sinking of the British Cruiser H.M.S. Sussex.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant
Unit:
4./Stuka-Geschwader 2
Awarded on:
September 24th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Lieutenant)
Unit:
1.Gruppe Stuka-Geschwader 1. "Insterburger Gruppe"
Obtained the E.K.I for his part in the sinking of the British Heavy Cruiser H.M.S. Sussex on May 3rd 1940.
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Lieutenant)
Unit:
1.Gruppe Stuka-Geschwader 1. "Insterburger Gruppe"
Awarded on:
September 26th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse

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