PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Hönscheid, Johannes-Matthias
Date of birth: July 14th, 1922 (Eitorf/Rhineprovince, Germany)
Date of death:  March 2nd, 2001
Nationality:  German
BIOGRAPHY: 
Johannes-Matthias Hönscheid was a war correspondent for the Luftwaffe.
After his education in Frankfurt am Main, he joined the Luftnachrichtenkompanie, Fliegerhorst Fritzlar on 15th January 1942. From 1st September 1942, Hönscheid served as Kriegsberichter der Luftwaffe with the German/Italian newspaper “Il Popolo di Sicilia” in Catania. During this period he flew as gunner with III.LG1 and Kampfgeschwader 54. He flew a total of 28 missions and shot down one aircraft. After this he was placed as Kriegsberichter at Rommels headquarter and the Oberbefehlshaber Süd (Kesselring). Next, Hönscheid was transferred to 1.Fallschirmjäger-Division and took part in operations on Sicily with Bataillon Grasmehl. During the fightings at Monte Cassino he destroyed seven enemy tanks. During this period he was taken prisoner by the British, but managed to escape. During his escape he was injured three times. After rocovering he served from 14th September 1944 as Kriegsberichter with the Heer at the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht. He acted as Referatleiter for the placing of journalists, military censor, liaison officer to Goebbels and as Kriegstagebuchführer at the Führerhauptquartier. His last occupation during the war was Kriegsberichter and Pressesprecher (press liaison) with the Reichsregierung Dönitz at Plön and Flensburg. He was POW with the British for a short time. His last achieved rank was Leutnant der Reserve (1st March 1945.
After the war he became Chief-editor and publisher in Munich. Hie died at the age of 78 years.
     
RITTERKREUZ DES EISERNEN KREUZES
Rank: Oberfeldwebel (Warrant Officer)
Unit: Kriegsberichtstatter der Fallschirmtruppe (Warcorrespondent with the Paratroopers)
Awarded on: March 12th, 1945
 
     
DEUTSCHES KREUZ IN GOLD
Awarded on: March 16th, 1945
 
     
EISERNES KREUZ 1. KLASSE
 
     
EISERNES KREUZ 2. KLASSE
 
     
KRIEGSVERDIENSTKREUZ 2.KLASSE
 
     
KRIEGSVERDIENSTKREUZ 1.KLASSE
 
     
VERWUNDETENABZEICHEN 1939 IN SILBER
 
     
NAHKAMPFSPANGE IN SILBER
 
     
NAHKAMPFSPANGE IN BRONZE
 
     
ERDKAMPFABZEICHEN DER LUFTWAFFE
 
     
FRONTFLUGSPANGE FÜR KAMPFFLIEGER IN BRONZE
 
     
ÄRMELBAND AFRIKA
 
     
PANZERVERNICHTUNGSABZEICHEN IN GOLD
 
     
PANZERVERNICHTUNGSABZEICHEN IN SILBER
 
     
PANZERVERNICHTUNGSABZEICHEN IN SILBER
 
     
ÄRMELBAND KRIEGSBERICHTER DER LUFTWAFFE
 
     
FALLSCHIRMSCHÜTZENABZEICHEN DER LUFTWAFFE
 
     
FLIEGER-ERINNERUNGS ABZEICHEN
 
 
 
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Picture source:   - Andrew Straube via www.Death-Cards.com
Information source(s):   - 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
- Williamson G., World War II German Battle Insignia, Osprey Publishing, USA Edition, 2002
- Die Ritterkreuztraeger der Deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS
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