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This week's Aviation Feature



Hans Joachim Marseille, Anti Nazi & One Of The Most Amazing Fighter Pilots Of WWII

  • INSTANT ARTICLES
  • WORLD WAR II
 Shahan Russell



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He was among Germany’s most accomplished flying Aces during WWII – though he hated killing. His success was valuable propaganda for the Nazis – yet he wasn’t a fan of the regime and even stood up to Hitler. And considering the number of planes he shot down… well, let’s just say he had a rather ironic death.
Hans-Joachim Marseille was born on December 13, 1919 in Berlin, Germany. As to his surname, he was a descendent of French Huguenots who fled France during its purge of that sect.
His father, Siegfried, was an Army officer in WWI, and a general during WWII. In 1941, he participated in the German invasion of Russia where he died. Before doing so, however, Siegfried introduced his son to the wild nightlife that was to be the younger man’s undoing.
As for Marseille, he wasn’t expected to enter the military. As a child, he had been rather sickly and almost died from influenza. Spoiled and pampered because of that, he never learned to respect authority and developed a reputation as a lazy, rebellious, and troublesome student.
That changed when he joined the Luftwaffe (German Airforce) on November 7, 1938… sort of. During one cross-country flight, he landed in a field to relieve himself. He took off just as a group of farmers arrived to see if he was alright, blasting them away with his slipstream. Upset, they called the authorities, causing him to be suspended.



Hans-Joachim Marseille in 1942
Hans-Joachim Marseille in 1942. By Bundesarchiv – CC BY-SA 3.0 de


This and many other such incidents held him back while his colleagues graduated and attained rank. On November 1, 1939 Marseille was posted with the 5th fighter pilot school. To everyone’s surprise, he graduated with an outstanding assessment on July 18, 1940.
Marseille joined the attack on Britain on August 24 where he shot down a British plane – his first! But at the cost of abandoning his wingman, for which he got in trouble. His fourth victory happened on September 18… for which he again got in trouble. He had abandoned his leader, who was killed.
Still, there was a war and Germany needed every able-bodied man it had. So Marseille achieved three more victories before they kicked him out and reassigned him to the 52nd Fighter Wing (JG 52). But nothing changed.
So they transferred him to JG 27 on December 24 under Group Commander Eduard Neumann. Neumann knew that Marseille was a troublemaker but saw his potential. Which was why he transferred the new kid to North Africa – where he’d earn the title, “Star of Africa.”



Marseille in February 1942 standing beside the Hurricane Mk IIB of No. 213 Squadron RAF he shot down
Marseille in February 1942 standing beside the Hurricane Mk IIB of No. 213 Squadron RAF he shot down. By Bundesarchiv – CC BY-SA 3.0 de

Marseille was a party animal who was often too hung over to fly. Based in an airfield just outside Tripoli, Libya the lack of available women would change all that… eventually. It was in North Africa that he learned to hone his skills, mastering a form of aerial combat known as deflection shooting.
This involves shooting not at the enemy per se, but at where they’ll be based on their trajectory. He took it a step further, however, by coming at them from a high angle instead of the standard fly-in-from-behind-’em-and-shoot.
He not only took risks that went against the rulebooks, but also learned to get close to his enemies. As a result, he used far less bullets than most – averaging about 15 per hit. By February 1942, he had 50 victories. By the end of June, he scored 101.
He was sent back to Germany in June to meet Hitler. During a party hosted by Willy Messerschmitt (designer of the Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter plane), he was asked to play the piano. He did so, starting with some classics before moving on to play American jazz – which was banned since Hitler considered it “degenerate.” Upset, Hitler left.
The following month, Marseille was at another party when he heard officials talking about the Jews. That visibly upset him since his family had been friends with a Jewish doctor who delivered him at birth. The official line was that the Jews had simply been sent off to Eastern Europe.
But Marseille now knew otherwise. On August 13, he was in Italy to receive an award from Benito Mussolini, after which he disappeared. The Gestapo found him, eventually, and convinced him to return to his base. He had a fiancée, at the time, and some historians suggest that she was the leverage they used on him.
It must have worked because on September 1, he downed 17 planes in three sorties – bringing his total to a whopping 126. It should be noted, however, that the British deny this, claiming he had shot down less.
Whatever the case, September 1942 was his most productive month with a whopping 54 kills. Eight of these were shot down in 10 minutes – the most brought down by a lone pilot in a single day. This earned him a type 82 Volkswagen Kübelwagen as a gift, as well as the rank of Hauptmann (captain) – becoming the youngest to hold that position.
But while he enjoyed the promotions, gifts, and praise, the killing bothered him. To atone, he’d sometimes fly over the downed plane to see if its pilot survived. Then he’d write a letter, fly over Allied positions, and drop it to them. Included were coordinates so they’d be able to retrieve their man – something he called “penance” and done against orders.
Still, the Axis powers were outnumbered and Germany was running out of skilled pilots. Unlike the Allies who could rotate their men and give them a much needed break, Germany couldn’t afford to.
By September 26, Marseille made his 158th claim, but it came at a price – he was so exhausted that he could barely get out of his plane. They wanted to send him back to Germany for a vacation… and to attend a speech Hitler was giving.
Marseille refused, claiming his men needed him.
On September 30, his cockpit began filling up with smoke. Unable to return to base, he bailed out and got hit by his plane’s vertical stabilizer.
To the horror of his watching comrades, he hit the ground some 4.3 miles south of Sidi Abdel Rahman – without ever deploying his parachute. His death so traumatized his unit that they were put on furlough for almost a month.
Marseille, who downed 158 planes (albeit in contention) with his Messerschmitt Bf 109, became its 159th victim.




Thursday, November 23, 2017

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January 10th 2018
Was a perfect day for watching Youtube videos.

We learned that people who fly wooden jets should resist the temptation to show off.



November 24th

Was a perfect Autumn day for a Winter building project.

Tell us about your Winter project (crockerdh@aol.com) so it can be shared here.
We started off with some repair work on the victim of our most dramatic crash of the past flying season. Later when we get back from down South, it will be time to do some work on a Pica WACO biplane that has been sitting around half finished for far too long.
A Show and Tell video on our repair work.



October 21 th


Was a perfect summer day in the Autumn, a day without a cloud in the sky and very little of wind.



Finally success  after it was grounded for more than a year due to a software screw up that set the maximum motor speed to 50 when the correct value should be 1000. I worked on finding a solution far too long, then Andre applied his technical skills during a marathon session one evening and voila, he came up with the magic key. Just one of the risks of  using web based services like Mission Planner to update your drone's parameters. Another lesson learned, if it is working leave it alone.


July 30th

Was a perfect summer day without a cloud in the sky and barely a breath of wind. A very good turnout of flyers and electrics seem to steal the show. Cal was there with a Mini Avanti  that flew and sounded so great that we all thought it was powered by a mini turbine. I want one!




July 23th

Was an overcast day 5/8 to 7/8 at 6000 feet , winds 040 True at 4 knots.  We met Mike at the top of the drive, he was just leaving after a successful session of electric flying.


After a couple of flights with my Electric Beaver we tried setting up the 120 size Zero.  The Enya 120 4C started instantly and ran smoothly without any need for  further adjustments.


 First time I used this setup structure and I must say that I am loving it.

Take off 
On downwind landing leg the Zero's luck suddenly ran out and she was last seen in a terminal vertical dive. 
A recce flight with the Beaver  failed to locate the wreckage but after inspecting the video we have a better idea of where she might be located.
  
 July 6th

We spent the day at the field and were surprised to find that the water has dried up nicely after all the rain that we have been having lately.


June 28th

We spent the day at the field mainly checking our equipment but did managed a takeoff with a light weight PT 20 with large balloon tires. The field was a little soggy in places and that was before 3 days of continuous rain.



March 21st





Canada Bans Drones??



I was just wondering what our members think about the latest rules (Laws) that our Transport Minister has come up with concerning the the use of RC flying in Canada?
Here is what others are saying:
From RC Groups.com Forum
It appears that Canada has gone full retard. The new law, which applies to any drone (but worded so that it actually applies to ALL RC) that weighs more than 250 grams (so basically all of them but the cheapest toy grades) and bans: Flying within 9 km of any airport (so pretty much no flying in or around any city ever) Flying within 9 km of anyplace else a manned aircraft could theoretically land (which would include any empty field that a helicopter could fit in) Flying more than 90 meters high (no more flying over trees or hills) Flying within 75 meters of ANY structure, vehicle, vessel, person (including presumably yourself or your own home or vehicle) or ANIMAL ( and it makes no distinction what kind so it would include squirrels and birds) Flying more than 500 meters away At night In clouds, or anywhere they think you can't see it Over any forest fire, "emergency response scene (undefined)," or controlled airspace And you must put your entire name, address, and phone number on the drone So basically they have banned flying any RC aircraft wieghing more than 250 grams anywhere in Canada except at "approved fields." Hope you like high resolution footage of an empty field, because that is all you are allowed to get now if you fly in Canada.  



October 17th
Hank is also enjoying the beautiful weather, flying his big Norseman from the beach up on Georgian Bay. Sent this picture by our new Facebook drop-box. Anyone with a Facebook account can join; just send a request to us at Dunrobin RC Flyers Photo and Video Dropbox




October 7th

The beautiful weather never seems to end for me; it must be what they call "The Endless Summer".  The great flying with 20 C temperatures and 5 K winds gave me an unexpected opportunity to put a couple of old birds into the air that have been with me far too long (one for more than 50 years). I have been making changes to them over the years and just wanted to give them one more chance at flight.