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Bf 109 F-4
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Hans-Joachim "Jochen" Marseille was born in 1919 in Berlin and was a descendant of Huguenot immigrants. He came from a difficult family background and had strong ties to his younger sister Ingeborg, who was murdered in 1941 and "Jochen" was reportedly unable to cope with her death. With 158 victories, he became the most successful German fighter pilot fighting against the Western Allies. In 1938, he joined the Luftwaffe and one of his instructors was, among others, Julius Arigi, one of the most successful Austro-Hungarian fighters of the First World War. In August 1940, Marseille was assigned to the 1.(Jagd)/LG 2, which at that time was fighting in the Battle of Britain. He scored 7 victories with it, but in December he was reassigned to 4./JG 52 under Johannes Steinhoff. He didn't stay there long either and in February 1941 he was transferred to 3./JG 27. He had a brief deployment in the Balkans with his new Staffel, but by April he had already scored his first victory in Africa. By the end of 1941 he had 36 victories to his credit. He often scored several kills in one day. After achieving his 50th aerial victory on 21st February 1942, he was awarded the Knight's Cross. He received the Oak Leaf Cluster in early June after achieving his 75th victory, and in the same month he also received the Swords for his 101st aerial victory. In June 1942 he was appointed commander of 3./JG 27. In early September 1942, after achieving 126 victories, he received the Diamonds to the Knight's Cross. Between 31st August 1942 and 26th September he achieved 57 victories, a total of 17 of which were achieved in a single day, on 1st September. In September 1942, he was promoted to the rank of Hauptmann. Marseille had versatile skills in both piloting and gunnery. He did not hesitate to maneuver in enemy formation at low speed and to permorm deflection shooting. He also tried to rescue downed enemy airmen in the desert and dropped news of their fate on the other side of the front. Marseille was killed on 30th September 1942 at Sidi Abd el Rahman while jumping from his machine with damaged engine. News of his death was carried even by the Allied press. A small pyramid was erected at the site of the tragic end. He was nicknamed the "Star of Africa" and Adolf Galland called him "the unrivalled virtuoso among fighter pilots". Marseille was known for his bohemian life, his relationships with famous female artists. He ran a bar in the desert outposts called "The Blue Cave" and his favourite song was "Rumba Azul". In 1957, a German-Spanish feature film "Der Stern von Afrika" was made about him.

Text: Jan "Králík" Bobek

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