MALTZAHN Günther
MALTZAHN Günther Freiherr Von

 



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Sous-Lieutenant

7 victoires
300 missions



Décédé

 

Sous-Lieutenant

7 victoires
300 missions

 


 

 


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Günther Freiherr von Maltzahn
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Born 20 October 1910
Wodarg, Province of Pomerania
Died 24 June 1953 (aged 42)
Düsseldorf
Allegiance Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer (1931 – 1935)
Luftwaffe (1935 – 1945)
Years of service 1931 – 1945
Rank Oberst
Unit JG 53
Commands held II./JG 53, JG 53
Battles/wars
World War II
Poland
Battle of France
Battle of Britain
Operation Barbarossa
Mediterranean Theatre
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves


Oberst Günther Freiherr von Maltzahn[Note 1] (20 October 1910 – 24 June 1953) was a German World War II Luftwaffe Flying ace and Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 53 (JG 53) and a winner of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Legally it was Germany's highest military decoration at the time of its presentation to Günther Freiherr von Maltzahn.[Note 2]Contents [hide]
1 Career
2 Awards
2.1 Reference in the Wehrmachtbericht
3 Notes
4 References
5 External links

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Career

Von Maltzhan was born 20 October 1910 in Wodarg, Pomerania. A member of the German aristocracy, Günther von Maltzhan could use the title of Freiherr (Count). Von Matzahn entered the cavalry in 1931 although he had already undergone flight training at the commercial flying school in Schleissheim. In mid 1930s, von Maltzahn was joined the Luftwaffe as a flying instructor. In 1937 he was posted to 6./Jagdgeschwader 334 as a Staffelkapitän, the unit later renumbered 6./Jagdgeschwader 53 (JG 53).

By September 1939, von Maltzahn, as Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG 53, led his unit through the Polish campaign, the Battle of France and the Low Countries and the Battle of Britain. On 9 October 1940 he was promoted Geschwaderkommodore of JG 53, and on 30 December was awarded the Knight's Cross, for 12 air victories, and also for his work organizing and leading the unit.

In 1941 JG 53 participated in the Invasion of the Soviet Union, achieving high numbers of air victories against the Soviet Air Force. Major Von Maltzahn reached 43 kills and on 24 July 1941 received the Oak Leaves. In September 1941 JG 53 was withdrawn from frontline duties to Holland for rest and refit. The Geschwader was then sent to Sicily in December and participated in the battles over Malta and the Mediterranean.

Von Maltzahn reached 68 victories before leaving JG 53 in October 1943, assuming various staff positions with the Luftwaffenbefehlshabers Mitte (Luftwaffe Command of the Mediterranean), and later Jagdfliegerführer Italien, (Chief of Operations in Italy). In February 1945 he was detached to 9 Fliegerdivision, until the end of the war.

After the war Maltzahn worked in agriculture and then in the new Luftwaffe. He died in 1953 in Düsseldorf at the age of 43, due to illness.

Oberst Gunther Freiherr von Maltzahn flew 497 missions and claimed 68 victories, 33 in Russia. He fought on the Western Front, Eastern Front and the Mediterranean.
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Awards
Ehrenpokal der Luftwaffe (23 March 1942)[1]
German Cross in Gold (23 December 1942)
Iron Cross 2nd and 1st class
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
Knight's Cross on 30 December 1940 as Major and Gruppenkommandeur of the II./JG 53[2]
29th Oak Leaves on 24 July 1941 as Major and Geschwaderkommodore of JG 53[2]
Mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht on 18 November 1940

Monday, 18 November 1940 : A fighter wing under the leadership of Major von Maltzahn achieved its 501st aerial victory on November 15.


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Date Heure Type Avion Unité Grade Fonction Lieu   Remarque
     
           
     
           
     
           
     
           
     
           
     
           
           

30/09/1939 Hptm. Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab II. JG 53 Potez 63 Saarbrücken 11.34 Western Front
31/03/1940 Hptm. Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab II. JG 53 Morane 406 SW Saargemünd 15.53 Western Front
08/08/1940 Hptm. Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab II. JG 53 Spitfire 15km S. Swanage: 4500m 17.05 Western Front
16/08/1940 Hptm. Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab II. JG 53 Spitfire - 18.1 Western Front
01/09/1940 Hptm. Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab II. JG 53 Spitfire - 12.1 Western Front
05/09/1940 Hptm. Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab II. JG 53 Spitfire - 16.05 Western Front
06/09/1940 Hptm. Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab II. JG 53 Hurricane - 10.1 Western Front
24/09/1940 Hptm. Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab II. JG 53 Spitfire SE London: 6000m 9.53 Western Front
27/09/1940 Hptm. Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab II. JG 53 Spitfire - 10.19 Western Front
27/09/1940 Hptm. Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab II. JG 53 Spitfire - 16.25 Western Front
12/10/1940 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 Hurricane - 17.4 Western Front
01/12/1940 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 Hurricane - 15.15 Western Front
31/03/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 Spitfire NW Calais 11.35 Western Front
16/04/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 Spitfire Dungeness 18.4 Western Front
19/04/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 Spitfire Calais/Dover 19.09 Western Front
09/05/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 Spitfire N. Calais - Western Front
22/06/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 SB-2 NW Brest-Litowsk: 1200m 16.3 Eastern Front
22/06/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 I-153 Raum Kobryn 7.17 Eastern Front
25/06/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 DB-3 - 12.55 Eastern Front
25/06/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 SB-3 - 12.57 Eastern Front
25/06/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 SB-3 - 12.59 Eastern Front
25/06/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 SB-3 - 13.01 Eastern Front
27/06/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 Pe-2 - 13.45 Eastern Front
29/06/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 SB-3 Bobruisk 19.35 Eastern Front
06/07/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 DB-3 - - Eastern Front
07/07/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 SB-3 E. Polonnoje 6.14 Eastern Front
08/07/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 V-11 - 18.48 Eastern Front
09/07/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 DB-3 - 16.11 Eastern Front
09/07/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 DB-3 - 16.14 Eastern Front
10/07/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 I-16 - 9.35 Eastern Front
10/07/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 I-16 - 9.37 Eastern Front
10/07/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 SB-3 - 13.55 Eastern Front
12/07/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 DB-3 - 18.07 Eastern Front
12/07/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 DB-3 - 18.08 Eastern Front
14/07/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 I-16 - 11.15 Eastern Front
15/07/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 I-15 - 6.5 Eastern Front
15/07/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 SB-3 - 6.54 Eastern Front
16/07/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 SB-3 - 7.5 Eastern Front
18/07/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 SB-3 - 12.05 Eastern Front
18/07/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 SB-3 - 12.08 Eastern Front
20/07/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 I-15 - 17.49 Eastern Front
23/07/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 SB-3 N. Uman 6.5 Eastern Front
23/07/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 SB-3 N. Uman 6.59 Eastern Front
24/07/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 Pe-2 - 18.12 Eastern Front
25/07/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 Pe-2 - 18.19 Eastern Front
26/07/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 V-11 - 11 Eastern Front
29/07/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 SB-3 - 17 Eastern Front
30/07/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 SB-3 - 18.3 Eastern Front
30/07/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 Pe-2 - 18.53 Eastern Front
31/07/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 Pe-2 - 6.25 Eastern Front
31/07/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 Pe-2 - 6.35 Eastern Front
19/12/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 Hurricane Malta 16.55 Western Front
21/12/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 Hurricane Malta 12 Western Front
26/12/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 Hurricane SE Insel Malta: 2500m 16.55 Western Front
26/12/1941 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 Hurricane - 11.12 Western Front
25/01/1942 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 Hurricane - 10.35 Western Front
25/01/1942 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 Hurricane - 10.4 Western Front
04/02/1942 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 Hurricane E. Malta 15.53 Western Front
11/02/1942 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 Beaufighter - 15.45 Western Front
15/02/1942 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 Beaufort - 16.08 Western Front
15/02/1942 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 Beaufort - 18 Western Front
01/04/1942 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 Spitfire E. Insel Malta: 1500-10m [E. Hal Far] 14.55 Western Front
09/04/1942 Major Günther Frhr. Von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 Spitfire Malta 17.28 Western Front
14/04/1942 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 Tomahawk - 10.4 Western Front
25/04/1942 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 Spitfire Malta 15.28 Western Front
14/06/1942 Major Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 Hurricane Pl.Qu. 8934/03 Ost: [Raum Malta] 17.32 Western Front
03/12/1942 Obstltn. Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 P-38 Bizerta: 6000m 11.38 Western Front
14/12/1942 Obstlt. Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 Spitfire Jefna: sicht 12.18 Western Front
18/12/1942 Obstlt. Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 B-17 NW Medjez-el-Bab: 6500-0m 12.1 Western Front
04/01/1943 Obstlt. Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn Stab JG 53 Curtiss P-40 5km S. Protville: 1000m 12.21 Western Front

 




 

 

 


Sources

http://www.ritterkreuztraeger-1939-45.de/Luftwaffe/rk-Luftwaffe-Namensliste.htm
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http://www.das-ritterkreuz.de/index.php4
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