Wilhelm Frickart

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Wilhelm Frickart
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Allegiance Germany
Service/branch Aviation
Rank Leutnant
Unit FA 24/FA 242, FA 20, Jasta 64, Jasta 65
Commands held Jasta 65
Awards Royal House Order of Hohenzollern, Iron Cross, Silver and Bronze award of Austro-Hungarian Medal for Bravery

Leutnant Wilhelm Frickart was a World War I flying ace credited with twelve aerial victories. He is the only known German observer to become an ace balloon buster.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Frickart was originally assigned to duty as an observer/gunner on the Russian Front with FA 24 (later redubbed FA 242). He scored his first victory on 12 April,[year needed] teaming with Leopold Anslinger to shoot down a Voisin. He followed up for a second one on 27 April. Between 15 and 28 June, he shot down five Russian observation balloons.[1][3]

Frickart then went for pilot training, and was consequently assigned to FA 20 on the Western Front. He had three wins there, only one of which, scored on 17 March 1918, was confirmed.[1] From there, he progressed to flying fighters for Jasta 64 in mid-1918. He then moved to Jasta 65 on 19 August 1918 as deputy commander under fellow ace Otto Fitzner,[4] and intermittently commanded the squadron while scoring his last four wins between 30 August and 4 October 1918.[5]

Sources of information[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Wilhelm Frickart". The Aerodrome. Retrieved 2012-11-10. "As an observer on the Eastern Front, Frickart was credited with five balloons and two Voisins during 1917. After earning a pilot's badge in 1918, he was posted to the Western Front where he scored five more victories before the end of the war." 
  2. ^ Above the Lines: The Aces and Fighter Units of the German Air Service, Naval Air Service and Flanders Marine Corps 1914 - 1918. pp. 109–110. 
  3. ^ Above the Lines: The Aces and Fighter Units of the German Air Service, Naval Air Service and Flanders Marine Corps 1914 - 1918. p. 110. 
  4. ^ Above the Lines: The Aces and Fighter Units of the German Air Service, Naval Air Service and Flanders Marine Corps 1914 - 1918. pp. 51, 109–110. 
  5. ^ Above the Lines: The Aces and Fighter Units of the German Air Service, Naval Air Service and Flanders Marine Corps 1914 - 1918. p. 110. 

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.