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Hptm. Walther von Pokafalva as Acting Gr.Kdr. of I./ZG1

Hallo gentlmen.

Finishing and crosschecking my Zerstorer Command Officers (Geschw.Kdr.s, Gr.Kdrs, StaKas) list, finally found a little strange info about Hptm. Walther von Pokafalva and his last duty. So, "official" version (as on M.Holm's webpage) is as follows:

Maj Arved Cruger, 4.1.42 - 2.3.42
Maj Ulrich Diesing, 3.3.42 - 21.9.42
Stab I./ZG1
Maj Ulrich Diesing, 1.1.42 - 2.3.42
Hptm Walther von Poka (acting), 2.3.42 - 7.3.42
Hptm Wolfgang Schenck, 7.3.42 - 20.8.42
Stab II./ZG1
Hptm Rolf Kaldrack 4.1.42 - 3.2.42
Maj Gunther Tonne, 4.2.42 - 1.2.43
Main reasons of officer movements were:
1. Maj.Arved Cruger went out from SKG210 to KG77.
2. Death of Hptm. Rolf Kaldrack.

1. Maj. Arved Cruger went to Komodore of KG77 not on 2.3.42, but on 12.3.42. In this case, Maj. Diesing (I Gr. Kdr) became Komodore of SKG210. This followed a new I Gr.Kdre - Hptm. Schenck came back from Erprobungstaffel 210 (Me210A) and became new Komandeur of I./ZG1 (to aug.1942).

2. Hptm. Kaldrack was killed in a collision during dogfight with LaGG-3 of 66 iap on 3.2.1942. And his place of II.Gr.Kdr. went to StaKa of 1-st Staffel of his Gruppe (i.e. 4./ZG1) - to Hptm. von Pokafalva.

3. I./SKG210 and I./ZG1 was not at the front and on combat operations all through the winter 41/42 (exept for 2./SKG210 to mid-december 1941), and it was no use to take combat Staffelkapitan and appoint him to the Komandeur of "not-at-the-front" Gruppe.

4. And the last. Hptm. von Pokafalva was killed in action on 7.3.42, i.e. in five days before mentioned above changes with I./ZG1! He could not be appointed on Gr.Kdr. of I./ZG1, as it was still Maj.Ulrich Diesing!

Data from John Vasco's book "Wespengeschwader" (SKG210/ZG1 loss list) states:
(Staffelkapitan and acting-Gruppenkommandeur)
Acting Gruppenkommander of what Gruppe - is not stated.

So, Hptm. Walther von Pokafalve was Acting Gr.Kdr. of II./ZG1. After his death, Hptm. G.Tonne (of 6./ZG1) became Gr.Kdr. of II./ZG1.
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