Josef Kociok

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Josef Kociok
Bundesarchiv Bild 101I-641-4544-29A, Krim, Josef Kociok, Nachtjäger.jpg
Feldwebel Josef Kociok in a Bf 110, 1943
Born(1918-04-26)26 April 1918
Alt Schalkendorf
Died26 September 1943(1943-09-26) (aged 25)
Kerch, Crimea
Allegiance Nazi Germany
Service/branchBalkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe
Years of service1940–1943
RankLeutnant, Posthumously
UnitZG 76, SKG 210, ZG 1, NJG 200
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsKnight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Josef Kociok (26 April 1918 – 26 September 1943) was a German Luftwaffe pilot during World War II and a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, which was awarded by Nazi Germany for extreme battlefield bravery or military leadership. He was killed in an air collision.

Aerial victory claims[edit]

Kociok was credited with 33 aerial victories on the Eastern Front, 21 of which by night, claimed in 200 combat missions.[1] After he shot down four Polikarpov Po-2s of the famed 46th Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment, nicknamed the "Night Witches", Nachthexen, by the Germans on the night of 31 July 1943, it resulted in the first time that regiment was grounded.[2] Because of this, he was nicknamed Witch Hunter, or Hexenjäger.

Chronicle of aerial victories
Victory Date Time Type Location
– 4./Schnellkampfgeschwader 210 –
1 25/26 July 1941
SB-2[3] Russia
– 10(N)./Zerstörergeschwader 1 –
2 25 February 1943 09:35 unknown[4]
3 12 March 1943 21:43 MBR-2[5] Russia
4 12 March 1943 21:45 DB-3[5] Russia
5 26 April 1943 22:25 SB-2[6] Russia
6 26 April 1943 22:30 Yak-4[6] Russia
7 15 May 1943 11:34 PS-84[7] Russia
8 15 May 1943 21:41 PS-84[7] Russia
9 15 May 1943 22:05 SB-2[7] Russia
10 15 May 1943 22:54 PS-84[7] Russia
11 16 June 1943 21:00 Boston[8] Russia
12 16 June 1943 21:20 Boston[8] Russia
– 10./Nachtjagdgeschwader 200 –
13 27 July 1943 21:20 R-5[9] Russia
14 31 July 1943 Night Po-2[2] Russia
15 31 July 1943 Night Po-2[2] Russia
16 31 July 1943 Night Po-2[2] Russia
17 31 July 1943 Night Po-2[2] Russia
– 5./Nachtjagdgeschwader 200 –
18 17 September 1943 14:00 Boston[10] Russia
19 17 September 1943 14:01 Boston[10] Russia
20 17 September 1943 14:04 MiG-1[10] Russia
21 18 September 1943 10:05 LaGG[10] Russia

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Obermaier 1989, p. 147.
  2. ^ a b c d e Rakobolskaya, Irina; Kravtsova, Natalya (2005). Нас называли ночными ведьмами : так воевал женский 46-й гвардейский полк ночных бомбардировщиков. Moscow: University of Moscow Press. p. 336. ISBN 5211050088. OCLC 68044852.
  3. ^ Foreman, Matthews & Parry 2004, p. 26.
  4. ^ Foreman, Matthews & Parry 2004, p. 67.
  5. ^ a b Foreman, Matthews & Parry 2004, p. 71.
  6. ^ a b Foreman, Matthews & Parry 2004, p. 76.
  7. ^ a b c d Foreman, Matthews & Parry 2004, p. 81.
  8. ^ a b Foreman, Matthews & Parry 2004, p. 86.
  9. ^ Foreman, Matthews & Parry 2004, p. 98.
  10. ^ a b c d Foreman, Matthews & Parry 2004, p. 114.
  11. ^ Patzwall 2008, p. 121.
  12. ^ Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 240.
  13. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 264.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986]. 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.
  • Foreman, John; Matthews, Johannes; Parry, Simon (2004). Luftwaffe Night Fighter Claims 1939–1945. Walton on Thames: Red Kite. ISBN 978-0-9538061-4-0.
  • Obermaier, Ernst (1989). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe Jagdflieger 1939 – 1945 [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the Luftwaffe Fighter Force 1939 – 1945] (in German). Mainz, Germany: Verlag Dieter Hoffmann. ISBN 978-3-87341-065-7.
  • 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.
  • Patzwall, Klaus D. (2008). Der Ehrenpokal für besondere Leistung im Luftkrieg [The Honor Goblet for Outstanding Achievement in the Air War] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-08-3.
  • 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 Militaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.