Hans Deibl

 Stuka Pilot Hans Deibl Tribute Page


Hi and welcome to this page!

I met Hans as a result of an internet search and with the help of his daughter Cordelie contact was established. Hans visited  South Africa in November 2012 and I had the privilege to show him around for a few days.


 

On this page is presented Hans' war photographs , flight log book and  war memoirs. Also the video interviews that were made when Hans was with us here in South Africa. 

Upon finishing school in 1940, Hans joined the Luftwaffe as an cadet officer pilot. Eventually after nearly two years of training he was posted to North Africa in  March 1942 for combat operations.  

On the 3d of June 1942, Cecil Golding's squadron intercepted a group of German Stukas. In the following battle Cecil shot down a Stuka that was beleived to be Hans Deibl's aircraft.  Hans parachuted from his plane but sustained severe burns to his arms, legs and face. Hans' stuka gunner, Willy Luberich,  was killed.

In turn Cecil was shot down and crash landed. On the ground and wounded in the legs, Cecil eventually met up  with Hans. They were  transported together in  an ambulance to Tobruk hospital. 

Hans was taken prisoner and spent 4 and a half years as prisoner of war in the Bowmanville POW 

camp in Canada. 

In the early 50's Cecil and Hans had some communication.

Hans' visit to Cecil here in Cape Town was a memorable occasion full of events. The South African Air Force Association invited Hans as guest speaker to their monthly lunch. The SAAFA also organised that Hans participated in a Dakota flight around Cape point. Hans was also taken around the Western Cape for sight seeing by members of the Golding Family and myself.

Many thanks to Hans for sending me your photographs and allowed me to video interview you. Thanks to Cordelie for all the communication.

Tinus le Roux 

November 2012



 


 


 


 



Hans at his 90th birthday  November 2011


Hans with his great grand daughter (Helena) Dec 2011

Military career

??/04/ 1940    Luftwaffe officer cadet  basic training Zalzwedel

??/07/1940    Kriegsschule Berlin-Gatow, ground training

 01/08/1940    First Solo flight

??/03/1941    Commissioned as officer in Berlin, received pilot's badge

13/03/1941    Stuka training at  Bad Aibling

16/06/1941    Stuka training at Graz

16/09/1941    Training with Stuka. G. 3 at Saloniki, Athens,Piazenza

16/03/1942    3./St.G.3 Operational service in North Africa, stationed at Derna. Mostly Gazala battles, many sorties flown to Tobruk. 

03/06/1942    Shot down in flames, gunner KIA (Lubrich), Hans wounded

03/06/1942    POW Egypt

09/06/1942   EK 2  awarded

??/??/1942    POW Bowmanville, Canada

??/09/1946    Arrive back in Pernitz


Hans, 1941 


CLICK HERE TO SEE HANS' MEMOIRS

CLICK HERE TO SEE HANS'  FLYING LOG BOOK   "FLUGBUCH"

ClICK HERE TO VIEW PHOTOGRAPHS OF HANS' VISIT TO SOUTH AFRICA IN NOV 2012  



 

Cecil and Hans, Cape Town, 2012

 


 

Peter Golding and Hans 

 

Farewell lunch at Cecil and Pam's house 18/11/2012

 


VIDEOS 



 


 


 


 


 


PHOTOGRAPHS AND PAPER CUTTINGS


 


 


 


 

 



 


 


 

"Way home from Einsatz in Tobruk 1942" 


 


 

"1941-War School Berlin "


"Feldflughafen Derna/Africa - Summer 1942 (2 days before I was shot down) "



 

" Mai 1942- der Feind (enemy) wanted to kill me, but he missed me."

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

"All Stuka flieger in prisoner in Canada 1942"

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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