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Mission: Interception of enemy fighters.

Date: 23rd March 1943

Unit: Stab./Jagdgeschwader 77

Type: Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6


Coded: Unknown

Location: SW of Maknassy, Tunisia.

Pilot: Major. Joachim Müncheberg. (Kommodore) – Killed. Born 18.12.1918 at Friedrichsdorf.


Major. Müncheberg was killed on 23rd March 1943 over Tunisia in combat with USAAF Spitfire fighters from the 52nd Fighter Group when, after shooting down one, he was in collision with a second. He crashed to his death in Bf 109 G-6.

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Major Joachim Müncheberg - killed in action (via Jeckel).

Joachim being prepared for the next mission, these pictures show Major. Müncheberg in his Focke Wulf Fw 190 whilst serving with JG26 (via Jeckel)

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On return from a mission his fellow pilots, possibly JG26 gather around their commander (via Jeckel).

On the 1st October 1942, Major Müncheberg was appointed Kommodore of JG 77, operating over North Africa, Sicily and Tunisia. Müncheberg added 24 victories to his victory total but had to force-land his Bf 109 G-2 (W.Nr.10725) following aerial combat with RAF Kittyhawk fighters on the 10th December 1942. Joachim Müncheberg scored 135 aerial victories in over 500 missions. 102 victories were achieved over the Western Front and 33 on the Eastern Front. He shot down at least 46 Spitfire fighters.

Awards: Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (5 June 1942) - Ritterkreuz (14 September 1940)

Eichenlaub (7 May 1941) - Schwertern (15 June 1942) - Medagalia d’Oro (7 May 1941).

Unit’s: JG 26, JG 51, JG 77

Burial detail: Kriegsgraeberstätte in Bordj-Cedria (Tunisia) Hof NAS Ossario 6B Table 19.

Researched and compiled by Melvin Brownless with special thanks to Horst Jeckel for his contribution of photographs for this page of remembrance. July 2013