Martin Möbus

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Martin Möbus
Born 9 May 1917
Zeisdorf
Died 2 June 1944(1944-06-02) (aged 27)
Pori, Finland
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service 1936–44
Rank Major
Unit StG 1
StG 2
SchlG 5
Commands held I./Schlachtgeschwader 5
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Martin Möbus (9 May 1917 – 2 June 1944) was a highly decorated Major in the Luftwaffe during World War II, and one of only 882 recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. In 1940 he claimed the sinking of HMS Sussex, which in fact was heavily damaged and was back in service in 1942. Möbus was killed on 2 June 1944 in an auto accident under the influence of alcohol in Pori, Finland. In more than 800 flights he was credited with the destruction of several ships, 60+ tanks, 600 vehicles, 18 anti-aircraft guns and 5 armored trains.[Notes 1]

Awards and decorations

Notes

  1. For a list of Luftwaffe ground attack aces see List of German World War II Ground Attack aces

References

Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 Thomas 1998, p. 90.
  2. Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 312.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 256.
  4. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 70.

Bibliography

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