Huth, Joachim-Friedrich, born 31-07-1896 in Neuhof, Prussian Saxony, German Empire, entered military service in the Prussian Army shortly before the outbreak of World War I, in July 1914. He was promoted to Leutnant on 04-01-1915 and served as platoon leader and company commander in the Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 58 (58th infantry regiment). He was injured three times. He transferred to the Luftstreitkräfte in June 1917 and claimed his first aerial victory on 28-01-1918. He was severely injured on 23-02-1918, losing his right lower leg. Huth was awarded both classes of the Iron Cross (1914) and the Knight’s Cross to the House Order of Hohenzollern with Swords during the war.
Huth left the military service after the war. The treaty of Versailles had imposed severe restrictions on Germany’s military strength and had denied Germany an air force. With Adolf Hitler’s rise to power and the remilitarisation of Germany, Huth reentered the military service of the Luftwaffe on 01-03-1934, holding the rank of Hauptmann. He became the Geschwaderkommodore of the Zerstörergeschwader 26 “Horst Wessel”, succeeding Oberst Kurt Bertram von Döring, Döring survived the war and died on 09-07-1960, age 7, at Medingen. Huth earned the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross on 11-09-1940 in this position for the successful leadership of his fighter wing in the Battle of France and Battle of Britain. Huth here with General der Flieger Adolf “Dolfo” Galland, commanded various fighter divisions from 1942 until 1944 before taking command of the 1. Jagdkorps (1st Fighter Corps) on 26 January 1945, succeeding Generalleutnant Joseph Schmid Generalleutnant Schmid also survived the war and died 30-08-1956, aged 54, in Augsburg, Huth held this position until the end of the war, when he was taken prisoner by the British forces. He was released in 1946.
In 1956, Huth joined the Bundeswehr after the remilitarisation of the Federal Republic of Germany, holding the rank of Generalmajor. He led the Luftwaffe school at Fürstenfeldbruck and, until his retirement, the Luftwaffengruppe Süd (Air Force Group South) in Karlsruhe.
Death and burial ground of Huth, Joachim-Friedrich.
Huth retired on 30-09-1961 with a Großer Zapfenstreich (Grand Tattoo) holding the rank of Generalleutnant. Huth died six months later on 27-03-1962, age 65, in Koblenz and is buried on the Friedhof of Gatow, grave location: north next to the church.