Alexander Zenzes

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Alexander Zenzes
Born 10 July 1898
Kingdom of Saxony
Died September 1980
Fresh Pond Crematorium and Columbarium Middle Village, Queens County, New York, USA
Allegiance Germany
Service/branch Aviation
Rank Vizeflugmeister
Unit Marine Flieger Jagdstaffel II
Awards Iron Cross First Class
Other work Fought communists as part of the postwar Freikorps

Vizeflugmeister Alexander Zenzes (10 July 1898–September 1980) IC was a World War I flying ace. He was a German naval pilot credited with 19 confirmed aerial victories.

After World War I, he gained a Doctorate in Engineering. In 1926, he moved to the United States. Although he became a naturalized citizen, in 1942 the Federal Bureau of Investigation suspected him of being a subversive.

Early life[edit]

Alexander Zenzes was born on 10 July 1898 in the Kingdom of Saxony.[1]

World War I service[edit]

There is no information about him until he appeared on the rolls of Marine Flieger Jagdstaffel II by scoring his first aerial victory on 5 June 1918. He had run his total to six by the end of the month. He was awarded the Iron Cross First Class during the summer. On 22 July 1918, he was wounded by anti-aircraft fire.[1] On 30 July, he was promoted to Vizeflugmeister. Two days later, on 1 August, he received more serious wounds that kept him out of action until September. Upon his return, he would score ten victories in October 1918 alone, running his total to at least 19 confirmed victories.[2]

Postwar life[edit]

Immediately postwar, Zenzes would serve in Gotthard Sachsenberg's Marine Freikorps, battling the communist insurgents.[1]

During the early 1920s, Zenzes earned a Ph.D in Engineering. In 1926, he moved to the United States. In 1929, he applied for citizenship; he became a naturalized American in 1934. He lived in San Francisco until World War II. He worked as a clerk and a sales manager while conducting chemical research. By 1942, the Federal Bureau of Investigation suspected him of being a German agent carrying out subversion in Mexico.[1]

He was last heard of living in New York City in the 1950s.[1]

He died in September 1980, and was buried in Middle Village, New York.[3]

External link[edit]

Website forum with further details and speculations on his life:

Sources of information[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  2. ^ Above the Lines, pp. 235–236.
  3. ^ Findagrave website, Retrieved 21 October 2017.