German Flying Aces of WW1
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Bored again, so here is the first in a series of the three most influential German fighter pilots
of WWI. Warning: accidental learning possible.
1: Max immelmann
Max Immelmann was a pioneer in air combat and the first German flying ace.
In 1915, was one of the first to fly with the revolutionary Fokker E, equipped with the
synchronizes gear. allowing the pilot to fire directly ahead through the propeller (Before that. most
planes used a mounted gun operated by the navigator, behind the pilot, or small caliber handguns
fired by the pilot while flying)
He scored his first victory shortly afterwards. against Lieutenant William Reid. Reid was only
armed with a hand held automatic gun, which he was still firing at after being hit
several times, with his arm broken in 4 places, all while flying his plane. After Raids motor gave
out he landed and was captured by . who landed beside him and rendered first aid.
He quickly racked up an impressive series of victories, and became known as the "Eagle of
Lille". becoming the first German ace with six confirmed victories.
In June of 1916, led a flight of four in search ofthe 25th Squadron ofthe Royal
Flying Corps in northern France By then. the British planes had closed the technological gap.
and was well aware of that, after he barely survived an attack of Aiico DH. planes
After intercepting the eight planes of the British Squadron, was able to to shoot
down one of the enemy aircraft. wounding the pilot and the observer. It would have been his will
victory, but it never got confirmed by the command.
Later that evening, encountered the 25th again, and managed to shoot one of them in
the first seconds ofthe fight The plane Second Lieutenant GR. Scrubbin and his gunner
Corporal J . H Waller then managed to shoot down by swooping down from higher
altitude, crippling Immelmann plane, which fell out of the sky, killing the ace. For this feat. British
authorities awarded Scrubbin the Distinguished Service Order and the Distinguished Service
Medal and sergeant' s stripes for Waller.
The Immelmann tum
Immelmann most famous legacy is the ''immelmann tum" a half looping followed by a half roll.
which is very useful to reverse and gain altitude in limited space While it is very unlikely that
was actually able to perform this maneuver with his Fokker E, but with this invention.
he was the first pilot to use the exchange of kinetic energy and altitude to his advantage.
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grave in Dresden
The protagoras ofthe mime "Last Exile" earns the nickname
Immelmann after using the Immelmann tum Ill combat