Stefan Kirmaier

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Stefan Kirmaier
Born 28 July 1889
Lachen, Germany
Died 22 November 1916(1916-11-22) (aged 27)
Les Boeufs
Allegiance  German Empire
Service/branch Infantry; aviation
Rank Oberleutnant
Unit 8th Infantry Regiment, FAA 203, KEK Jametz, Jasta 2
Awards Royal House Order of Hohenzollern, Iron Cross
Relations Jasta 2

Oberleutnant Stefan Kirmaier was a World War I flying ace credited with eleven aerial victories.[1][2]

Kirmaier began World War I as an infantryman. After transferring into aviation, he was posted to FAA 203 in 1915 and early 1916. He was then attached to KEK Jametz, and scored his first three victories during July 1916. On 5 October, he was moved up to fly a fighter in Jasta 2 under the command of Oswald Boelcke. Kirmaier then scored four wins between 17 and 26 October.[1] On 28 October 1916, Boelcke was killed in action,[3] and Kirmaier was entrusted with command of the squadron. While in command, he scored four more victories, all in November. On 22 November, Kirmaier died in action from a bullet through the head fired by either John Oliver Andrews or Kelvin Crawford. Kirmaier was also awarded the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern on the 22nd.[2]

Sources of information[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/germany/kirmaier.php Retrieved on 17 April 2010.
  2. ^ a b Above the Lines: The Aces and Fighter Units of the German Air Service, Naval Air Service and Flanders Marine Corps 1914 - 1918. p. 143. 
  3. ^ http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/germany/boelcke.php Retrieved on 17 April 2010.

References[edit]

Above the Lines: The Aces and Fighter Units of the German Air Service, Naval Air Service and Flanders Marine Corps 1914 - 1918 Norman L. R. Franks, et al. Grub Street, 1993. ISBN 0-948817-73-9, ISBN 978-0-948817-73-1.