|Fritz Gerhard Anders|
|Born||23 August 1889
Cottbus, The German Empire
|Died||8 November 1919(aged 30)|
|Unit||Schutzstaffel 8, Jagdstaffel 35, Jagdstaffel 4|
|Commands held||Jagdstaffel 73|
|Awards||Iron Cross (both classes)|
World War I service
Anders began his aerial service for the First World War as a pilot in Schutzstaffel (Protection Squadron) 8. He would serve with this early fighter-bomber unit until he was transferred to a fighter squadron, Jagdstaffel 34 in March 1917. On 14 April 1917, he was wounded in action; he returned to duty ten days later. On 2 June 1917, he transferred to Jagdstaffel 4. He scored his initial aerial victory on 7 July 1917, when he downed a Sopwith Pup from Nine Naval Squadron of the Royal Naval Air Service.
On 20 February 1918, Anders was appointed as Staffelführer to command Jagdstaffel 73. He scored his second victory on 14 June 1918, downing a SPAD, possibly flying a Fokker Triplane. Then, flying with his squadron's pioneering nightfighting detail, Anders ran off a string of five aerial victories at night between 20 August and 25 September 1918 to become history's first nightfighter ace. On 13 October 1918, Anders was transferred to Jastashule II, a school for fighter pilots.
Post World War I
Fritz Gerhard Anders died on 8 November 1919.
- Norman Franks, Frank W. Bailey, Russell Guest. Above the Lines: The Aces and Fighter Units of the German Air Service, Naval Air Service and Flanders Marine Corps, 1914–1918. Grub Street, 1993. ISBN 0-948817-73-9, ISBN 978-0-948817-73-1.
- Anders, Fritz Gerhard, Flieger-Album.de
- Franks et al 1993, pp. 61-62.
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