PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Malapert, Freiherr von, Robert-Georg
Date of birth: August 7th, 1912 (Darmstadt, Germany)
Date of death:  May 21st, 1942 (Sechtschinskaja, Soviet Union)
Nationality:  German
BIOGRAPHY: 
Robert-Georg Freiherr von Malapert genannt von Neufville was born on August 7th 1912. In 1934 he entered the army in Potsdam with the Infanterie-Regiment 19.
In the fall of 1936 he entered the Luftwaffe as a Oberfähnrich and he was promoted to Leutnant on April 1st 1937. He joined the III Gruppe Stuka-Geschwader 165 as Flugzeugführer. In the summer of 1939 he joined the Stuka-Geschwader 1. After the Polish Campaign and the Campaign in the West, he became Kapitän with the 5. Staffel.
After this he was from June 1941 placed on the Eatern Front.
As Hauptmann, he overtook command of the II. Gruppe/Stuka-Geschwader 1 in March 1942.
On 21st May 1942, von Malapert and his observer Oberfeldwebel Otto Mees started their plane from the airfield in Sechtschinskaja, for an attack on a bridge near Moscow. After von Malapert had destroyed the bridge his plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire and he had to make a crash landing. He landed in the no-mansland between the German and Soviet front between Sechtschinskaja and Moscow. Walking they tried to reach their own lines. During the last jump to reach their own defences, von Malapert was probably shot by a sniper. Otto Mees succeeded in reaching the German lines. An infantry unit later managed to reach von Malapert's body and brought it to the nearby base at Sechtschinskaja, where he was buried.
     
EISERNES KREUZ 2. KLASSE
Awarded on: September 27th, 1939
 
     
EISERNES KREUZ 1. KLASSE
Awarded on: May 28th, 1940
 
     
DEUTSCHES KREUZ IN GOLD
Rank: Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit: II. / Stukageschwader 1
Awarded on: October 15th, 1941
Details: Award 1/6.
 
     
RITTERKREUZ DES EISERNEN KREUZES
Rank: Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit: Staffelkapitän 5. / Stukageschwader 1
Awarded on: January 6th, 1942
Details: 393rd Award.
 
     
RITTERKREUZ MIT EICHENLAUB
Rank: Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit: Kommandeur II. / Stukageschwader 1.
Awarded on: June 8th, 1942
Details: 99th Award.
Awarded Posthumously.
 
     
MEDAILLE ZUR ERINNERUNG AN DEN 13. MÄRZ 1938
 
     
MEDAILLE ZUR ERINNERUNG AN DEN 1. OKTOBER 1938
 
     
MEDAILLE "WINTERSCHLACHT IM OSTEN 1941/42" (OSTMEDAILLE)
 
     
MEDAGLIA D'ARGENTO AL VALORE MILITARE
 
     
FLUGZEUGFÜHRERABZEICHEN
 
     
FRONTFLUGSPANGE FÜR KAMPFFLIEGER IN GOLD
 
 
 
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Picture source:   - Wilco Vermeer
Information source(s):   - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
- Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
- Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
- Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001, ISBN 3-931533-45-X
- Documents and information via Hermann Historica 49.Auktion catalogue
- http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de
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