By Greg VanWyngarden
Initially shaped to aid within the defence of town of Metz opposed to French bombing raids, Royal Prussian Jagdstaffel 17 may pass directly to turn into the most distinguish German fighter devices of global conflict 1. Its first victory used to be scored through the pilot whose tale is inextricably interwoven with that of his unit - the 'Blue Max' recipient Julius Buckler. He was once principally answerable for inspiring the unit's designated Esprit de Corps, expressed in its well-known and exact 'battle-cry' of 'Malaula!' certainly, in its ultimate days the unit won the nickname Zirkus Buckler, or the 'Buckler Circus'. along with Buckler, Jasta 17 boasted such aces as Karl Strasser, Alfred Fleischer and Christian Donhauser. additionally, the roster incorporated vibrant characters just like the profitable Jewish airman Jakob Wolff, who at over forty eight years of age used to be the oldest German fighter pilot of the warfare. the tale of this illustrious unit is informed with many first-hand debts by means of Buckler, Fleischer and others, besides as...
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Kirmaier had destroyed two British aircraft and a balloon within two weeks of joining AFA 203, this success earning him a place as a charter member of the new autonomous fighter squadron Jasta 6 when it formed at Sivry on 25 August. As previously stated, he was soon loaned to Kampfstaffel Metz but only stayed with it until 8 September, when he returned to Jasta 6. This was followed by a move to Oswald Boelcke’s own Jasta 2, where Kirmaier attained the balance of his 11 confirmed victories and was selected to command the unit after Boelcke’s death on 28 October.
My machine guns continued to chatter – they weren’t jammed, but my ammunition was gone. All this played out in such a short time, and I was so preoccupied with my nerves that it was only upon nearing the balloon that I first realised just how large a captive balloon actually is. My fright was so great that I very nearly ran right into the balloon at full speed. My fear was heightened when I heard terrible machine gun fire behind me. Moreover, my propeller suddenly stopped. ’, with some of the usual discrepancies.
A cloud of dust – the aircraft burst apart and was scattered in pieces. ‘Soaked to the skin from excitement, I sped above the ground, and then I saw Azannes lying beneath me. It was my first aerial victory, yet I could not be glad about it. Now, after it was all over, I thought only of the two brave fellows who now lay on the hill, dead or with broken, mutilated limbs. ’ If Buckler did indeed have such remorseful, compassionate thoughts at the time, it would have been quite unique for a young pilot who had just achieved his first Luftsieg.
Aces of Jagdstaffel 17 by Greg VanWyngarden