Maximilian Volke

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Maximilian Volke
Bundesarchiv Bild 101I-421-2075-24, Nordafrika, Hans-Joachim Marseille neben VW-Kübelwagen.jpg
Leutnant Ernst-Wilhelm Reinert (left) and Feldwebel Maximilian Volke standing next to Hans-Joachim Marseille's "Otto" Kübelwagen, April 1943[1]
Born 1915
Died 9 September 1944 (aged 28–29)
Modena, Italy
Allegiance Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Rank Oberfeldwebel
Unit JG 77
Battles/wars World War II
Awards German Cross in Gold

Oberfeldwebel (flight sergeant) Maximilian Volke (Munich, Germany, 1915 – Modena, Italy, 9 September 1944) was a German 37-victory fighter ace of the Luftwaffe's Jagdgeschwader 77.

A veteran of the campaigns in Russia and Africa, he was shot down in his Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter over Emilia-Romagna in northern Italy, during the Gothic Line operations, on 9 September 1944, by a gunner in an American B-25 Mitchell bomber. Volke was 29 years and was decorated with the German Cross in Gold, received as Feldwebel in the II./JG 77 on July 12, 1943.[2]

Ofw. Volke's remains and parts of his aircraft were located and dug out of a farmer's field just north of Modena by an Italian amateur war history research team (the Romagna Air Finders) in July 2007, nearly 63 years after he was shot down.[3]


  1. ^ Michulec 2002, p. 64.
  2. ^ Patzwall, p. 489
  3. ^ "Remains of German WWII Ace Found"
  • Michulec, Robert (2002). Luftwaffe at War/Luftwaffe Aces of the Western Front. London: Greenhill Books. ISBN 1-85367-486-9.
  • Patzwall, Klaus D. and Scherzer, Veit. Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II. Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, 2001. ISBN 3-931533-45-X.

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