Max Stotz

Max Stotz
Max Stotz
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Max Stotz
Born 13 February 1912(1912-02-13)
Mannswörth, Lower Austria
Died 19 August 1943(1943-08-19) (aged 31)
Vitebsk
Allegiance Austria First Austrian Republic (to 1938)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer (1933–1935)
Luftwaffe (1935–1943)
Years of service 1933–1943
Rank Hauptmann
Unit JG 76, JG 54
Commands held 5./JG 54, II./ JG 54
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves

Max Stotz (born 13 February 1912 in Mannswörth, Lower Austria, MIA 19 August 1943 near Vitebsk) was a German former Luftwaffe flying ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. A flying ace or fighter ace is a military aviator credited with shooting down five or more enemy aircraft during aerial combat.[1] Stotz was officially credited with shooting down 189 enemy aircraft claimed in more than 700 combat missions.

On 30 December 1942 Stotz claimed 10 aerial victories bring his total to 129.[2] Following aerial combat on 19 August 1943 with a large formation of Yakovlev fighters Stotz bailed out and was not seen again. He was last seen drifting down over Soviet held territory.[3]

Awards

References

Citations
  1. ^ Spick 1996, pp. 3–4.
  2. ^ Weal 2001, p. 62.
  3. ^ Weal 2001, p. 100.
  4. ^ Schaulen 2005, p. 104.
  5. ^ Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 463.
  6. ^ a b Scherzer 2007, p. 728.
Bibliography
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Obermaier, Ernst (1989). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe Jagdflieger 1939 - 1945 (in German). Mainz, Germany: Verlag Dieter Hoffmann. ISBN 3-87341-065-6.
  • Patzwall, Klaus D. and Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 - 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II. Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 3-931533-45-X.
  • Schaulen, Fritjof (2005). Eichenlaubträger 1940 - 1945 Zeitgeschichte in Farbe III Radusch - Zwernemann. Selent, Germany: Pour le Mérite. ISBN 3-932381-22-X.
  • 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 (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.
  • Spick, Mike (1996). Luftwaffe Fighter Aces. New York: Ivy Books. ISBN 0-8041-1696-2.
  • Weal, John (2001). Jagdgeschwader 54 'Grünherz'. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1-84176-286-5.

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