Hans Gottfried von Häbler
|Hans Gottfried von Häbler|
|Born||17 May 1893
Gross Schonau, German Empire (present day Velký Šenov, Czech Republic)
|Died||23 March 1918
Vicinity of Bapaume, France
|Years of service||1913 - 1918|
|Unit||Infantry; FA(A) 273, Jagdstaffel 36|
|Awards||Royal House Order of Hohenzollern, Iron Cross|
He enlisted in one of the Kingdom of Saxony's Guard Regiments on 1 October 1913. He served with the infantry for the first two years of World War I before volunteering for aviation duty in the Autumn of 1916. He trained at Fliegerersatz-Abteilung (Replacement Detachment) 9 before going operational with Flieger-Abteilung (Artillerie) Flier Detachment (Artillery) 273.
Häbler received further training on single-seat fighters at Jastaschule 1, then joined Jagdstaffel 36 on 30 September 1917. He scored his first aerial victory on 7 October 1917; on 18 March 1918, he scored his eighth confirmed victory. On 22 March, while flying Fokker Triplane number 509/17, he engaged and bested a Sopwith Camel over Metz-en-Couture, though the victory went unconfirmed. He was subsequently hit by anti-aircraft fire. His triplane fell virtually undamaged behind British lines. Hans Gottfried von Häbler died of his wounds the following day while in British captivity.
Honors and awards
- Iron Cross both classes
- Kingdom of Saxony's Knight's Cross of the Military Order of Saint Henry: Awarded 2 October 1917
- Saxony's Order of Albert
- Saxony's War Merit Cross
- Knight's Cross of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern
Sources of information
- Franks et al 1993, p. 122.
- Franks, Norman; Bailey, Frank W.; Guest, Russell. 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.
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