Erich Rüdiger von Wedel

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Erich Rüdiger von Wedel
Born 9 March 1892
Neuwedell, present day Poland
Died 2 July 1954(1954-07-02) (aged 62)
Salzhausen, near Lüneburg
Allegiance Germany
Rank Oberleutnant
Unit Jasta 11
Commands held Jasta 11
Awards Royal House Order of Hohenzollern, Iron Cross

Oberleutnant Erich Rüdiger von Wedel (1892–1954) was a World War I flying ace credited with thirteen aerial victories.[1]

Wedel joined Jasta 11 on 23 April 1918. On 2 May, he took temporary command of the squadron. He shot down eight enemy fighters between 10 May and 21 July.[2] On the latter date, he gave up command of the squadron for a few days. He reassumed command on 27 July and held it until 13 August. On 31 August, he took command for the final time, until war's end. By the time that occurred, he had won the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern and Iron Cross First Class on 29 September, and wrapped up his victory tally with his thirteenth win on 5 November 1918.[3]

Sources of information[edit]

  1. ^ Above the Lines: The Aces and Fighter Units of the German Air Service, Naval Air Service and Flanders Marine Corps 1914 - 1918. p. 226. 
  2. ^ http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/germany/wedel1.php Retrieved on 15 April 2010.
  3. ^ Above the Lines: The Aces and Fighter Units of the German Air Service, Naval Air Service and Flanders Marine Corps 1914 - 1918. p. 226. 

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.