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Heinz Marquardt

Heinz Marquardt
Heinz Maraquardt
Nickname(s) "Negus"
Born (1922-12-29)29 December 1922
Braunsberg, East Prussia, (now Poland)
Died 19 December 2003(2003-12-19) (aged 80)
Hammersbach
Allegiance  Nazi Germany (to 1945)
 West Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe (Wehrmacht)
Luftwaffe (Bundeswehr)
Years of service 1939–45
1956–73
Rank Leutnant (Wehrmacht)
Oberstleutnant (Bundeswehr)
Unit Jagdgeschwader 51
Jagdgeschwader 73
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Other work Condor

Heinz "Negus" Marquardt (29 December 1922 – 19 December 2003) was a German Luftwaffe fighter ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes) during World War II. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Marquardt was credited with 121 aerial victories—that is, 121 aerial combat encounters resulting in the destruction of the enemy aircraft—with a further 16 unconfirmed victories in 320 combat missions. All but one of his victories were claimed over the Eastern Front.

Career

On 14 April 1945, Marquardt was credited with his 100th aerial victory. He was the 102nd Luftwaffe pilot to achieve the century mark.[1]

On 1 May 1945 Marquardt became Jagdgeschwader 51‍ '​s last casualty of the war when he was shot down by Royal Air Force Spitfires north of Berlin.[2] Marquardt had led a flight of six Focke Wulf Fw 190 D-9 on an escort mission of 12 Fw 190 F-8 ground attack aircraft from Redlin on a mission to Berlin. After completing the mission the aircraft returned to Schwerin. During the landing approach the flight came under attack of 6 Spitfire Mk XIV from No. 41 Squadron. Marquardt ordered his flight to cover the landing of the ground attack fighters while he and his wingman, Feldwebel Radlauer, attacked the Spitfires from below. Marquardt claimed one of the attackers but was shot down as well along with two other Fw 190s. Radlauer saw Marquardt's Fw 190 crash in flames but did not observe any sign of life. Marquardt was initially reported as killed in action but he had bailed out injured and was taken to a hospital in Schwerin, where he was taken prisoner of war shortly after.[3]

After the war, Marquardt joined into the Bundesluftwaffe, with the rank of Leutnant on 16 August 1956. He retired on 30 September 1973, having risen to the rank of Oberstleutnant.

Awards

Notes

  1. ^ According to Scherzer as Oberfeldwebel in the 13./JG 51 "Mölders".[7]

References

Citations

  1. ^ Obermaier 1989, p. 243.
  2. ^ Weal 1998, p. 82.
  3. ^ Aders and Held 1993, p. 182.
  4. ^ Obermaier 1989, p. 164.
  5. ^ Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 295.
  6. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 303.
  7. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 527.

Bibliography

  • Weal, John (1998). Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Aces of the Russian Front. Oxford: Osprey. ISBN 1-85532-518-7.

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