Joachim Kirschner

Joachim Kirschner

Joachim Kirschner
Born (1920-06-07)7 June 1920
Niederlössnitz, Saxony
Died 17 December 1943(1943-12-17) (aged 23)
Metković, Croatia
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer, Luftwaffe
Years of service 1939–43
Rank Hauptmann
Unit JG 3, JG 27
Commands held III./JG 27
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Hauptmann Joachim Kirschner (7 June 1920 – 17 December 1943) was a German World War II Luftwaffe 188 victories flying ace. A flying ace or fighter ace is a military aviator credited with shooting down five or more enemy aircraft during aerial combat.[1] He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.


Joachim Kirschner joined the military service in the Luftwaffe on 26 August 1939. He received the Ehrenpokal der Luftwaffe and the German Cross in Gold after claiming 51 aerial victories. On 27 April 1943, Kirschner was credited with his 100th aerial victory. He was the 37th Luftwaffe pilot to achieve the century mark.[2] He claimed his 150th aerial victory on 5 Juli 1943. Following his 170th aerial victory he received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves on 2 August 1943. On 17 December 1943 his Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 (Werknummer 20618—factory number) was shot down by a Republic P-47D Thunderbolt of the 57th Fighter Group over Croatia. He bailed out safely and landed on his parachute between villages Bjelojevići and Donje Hrasno. He was killed by a firing squad from the 29. Hercegovačka udarna divizjia (29th Herzegovina Striking Division) at Metković.




  1. Spick 1996, pp. 3–4.
  2. Obermaier 1989, p. 243.
  3. 1 2 Thomas 1997, p. 365.
  4. Patzwall 2008, p. 117.
  5. Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 229.
  6. 1 2 Scherzer 2007, p. 443.
  7. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 257.
  8. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 70.


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