Karl Christ

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Karl Christ
Born 15 June 1897
Darmstadt, Grand Duchy of Hesse
Died Unknown
Allegiance Germany
Service/branch Flying service
Years of service 1915–1918, 1940–1944
Rank Oberst
Unit Bombengeschwader 2, Kampfgeschwader 5, Kampfgeschwader 6, Jagdstaffel 28
Awards Iron Cross
Other work Served in Luftwaffe during World War II.

Leutnant Karl Christ (born 15 June 1897, date of death unknown) was a World War I flying ace credited with five aerial victories.[1]

Karl Christ was born on 15 June 1897 in Darmstadt, the Grand Duchy of Hesse, in the German Empire. In January 1915, he joined the Die Fliegertruppen des deutschen Kaiserreiches (the German flying service). He trained with Fliegerersatz-Abteilung (Replacement Detachment) 6 at Grosenheim.[2]

He began service with Kampfgeschwader 6 (Tactical Bomber Wing 6). By 1916, he was serving in Kampfgeschwader 5, a tactical bomber wing subordinate to the German Supreme Command. During this period, Christ won both classes of the Iron Cross.[2]

Christ was commissioned a Leutnant on 23 March 1917 while serving with another bombing wing under the German Supreme Command—Bombengeschwader 2. In November 1917, he left Bogohl 2; the following month he joined Jagdstaffel 28, a single-seat fighter squadron, for service through war's end. Between 14 May and 14 October 1918, he had five of his six victory claims confirmed, though details are lacking on the last pair.[2]

World War II service[edit]

From 1 April 1941 through February 1942, Karl Christ was an Oberst with a Stuka geschwader in North Africa.[2]



  1. ^ The Aerodrome website's page on Karl Christ http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/germany/christ.php Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d Franks et al 1993, p. 92.
  3. ^ Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 73.
  • 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.
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Commander of Sturzkampffliegerschule 2
31 July 1940 – 7 February 1941
Succeeded by
Oberstleutnant Hermann Edert
Preceded by
Oberstleutnant Georg Edert
Commander of Sturzkampfgeschwader 3
1 April 1941 – 1 September 1941
Succeeded by
Oberst Walter Sigel
Preceded by
Commander of Sturzkampffliegerschule 2
17 April 1942 – Mai 1943
Succeeded by
Sturzkampfgeschwader 102
Preceded by
Sturzkampffliegerschule 2
Commander of Sturzkampfgeschwader 102
Mai 1943 – June 1943
Succeeded by
Major Bernhard Hamester
Preceded by
Commander of Sturzkampfgeschwader 151
17 May 1943 – 18 October 1943
Succeeded by
Schlachtgeschwader 151
Preceded by
Sturzkampfgeschwader 151
Commander of Schlachtgeschwader 151
18 October 1943 – 6 December 1944
Succeeded by
Oberst Helmut Bruck