Wilhelm Fahlbusch

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Wilhelm Fahlbusch
File:World War One German Aviator Lt. Fahlbosch Lt. Rosencratz.jpg
Fahlbusch (on right) and Hans Rosencrantz
Nickname(s) "Willi"
Born 8 February 1892
Hanover, Germany
Died 6 September 1916(1916-09-06) (aged 24)
Malincourt, France
Allegiance German Empire
Service/branch Flying service
Rank Leutnant
Unit KG 1
Awards Iron Cross

Leutnant Wilhelm Fahlbusch was an early World War I flying ace credited with five aerial victories, shared with his observer Hans Rosencrantz.[1][2]

Early life

Wilhelm Fahlbusch was born in Hanover on 8 February 1892.[1][2]

Aerial service

Little is known of this pioneering ace's career. "Willi" Fahlbusch was that rarity in the Luftstreitkräfte, a reconnaissance pilot who became an ace. He flew as a member of Kasta 1, teamed with Hans Rosencrantz in a Roland Whale. They were credited with five aerial victories during 1916, with the last being scored on 31 August 1916 over a British Martinsyde Elephant two-seater craft.[2] Fahlbusch was awarded the Iron Cross for his valor.[3]

Death in action

On 6 September 1916, Fahlbusch and Rosencrantz clashed with Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutters from No. 70 Squadron Royal Flying Corps. The German duo were shot down in flames over Malincourt, with three British air crews posting victory claims. Credit was granted to both Bernard Beanlands and his observer, and William Sanday and his observer.[2]

Sources of information

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Aerodrome website's page on Fahlbusch http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/germany/fahlbusch.php Retrieved 26 January 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Franks et al 1993 p. 105.
  3. The Aerodrome website's page on Fahlbusch's award http://www.theaerodrome.com/medals/germany/prussia_ic.php?pageNum_recipients=5&totalRows_recipients=225#recipients Retrieved 26 January 2013.