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11 x 14 Print Edition ---- Unlimited Print Edition
Hans-Joachim “Jochen” Marseille had perhaps the most engaging personality and unconventional lifestyle of any German fighter pilot. Born into an old Army family on 13 December 1919 in Berlin-Charlotteburg, Marseille entered Fighter School in 1939. With the highest recommendations of his superiors he joined 1(Jagd)/LG 2 on the Channel on 10 August 1940 and within a few weeks had bagged 7 RAF fighters. Fahnrich Marseille spent a brief period with Johannes Steinhoff’s 4/JG 52 before his hectic social life forced Steinhoff to post him to JG 27 in North Africa - for his own good, as Steinhoff afterwards recalled. Here, Marseille’s star took on a comet-like ascent. The war in the desert suited him perfectly. His flying and shooting skills were unique and by the time of his award of the Ritterkreuz on 2 February 1942 he had amassed 50 kills. Kill rates of 6 RAF fighters in 12 minutes (17.6.42) and 7 in 11 minutes helped to secure the Oakleaves on 6 June and Swords 12 days later. His 126th confirmed victory earned him the Diamonds on 3 September 1942. All this time Dr. Goebbels’ propaganda machine had been working prodigiously to publicize the unconventional young hero. When he died on 30 September 1942, as the result of a fatal accident while bailing out of his damaged Me 109 over Sidi Abdel Rahman, his 158 victories over the RAF confirmed his status as the most successful pilot to fight the Western Allies in W.W.II.

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  1. Great around picture 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Oct 2016

    I have purchased a number of these, I use them when I frame some prints instead of just including a picture, the image and the iformantion nicely rounds out the subjunctive matter. In this case I included it with Robert Taylor's Hunters in the Desert

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