Josef Menapace

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Josef Menapace
Born 31 July 1920
Linz
Died 6 October 1943(1943-10-06) (aged 23)
Pripjet Marshes
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service 1939–43
Rank Hauptmann
Unit SG 1
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Josef Menapace (31 July 1920 – 6 October 1943) was a highly decorated Hauptmann in the Luftwaffe during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. During his career he flew 723 missions.[Notes 1] Josef Menapace was killed on 6 October 1943 when his plane crashed into the Pripjet Marshes after being hit by anti-aircraft fire.

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Notes[edit]

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

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 252.
Bibliography
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 

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