Kurt-Bertram von Döring
|Kurt-Bertram von Döring|
|Born||18 February 1889|
|Died||9 July 1960
|Allegiance|| German Empire
|Years of service||1907–20, 1934–45 (Germany)
Lieutenant Colonel (Peru)
|Commands held||Jasta 66, Jasta 1, Jagdgruppe 4|
|Battles/wars||World War I
World War II
|Awards||House Order of Hohenzollern|
Generalleutnant Kurt-Bertram von Döring (18 February 1889 in Ribbekardt – 9 July 1960 in Medingen) was a German World War II Luftwaffe Generalleutnant. He began his career as a flying ace in World War I, became a flying soldier of fortune during the 1920s and early 1930s, and then joined the resurgent German air service and served through World War II.
World War I
In late 1914 he was assigned to FA 38, and was commissioned on 1 February 1915. Döring then served with Sonderstaffel Nr. 2 in 1916. An able administrative Officer and leader, as well as being considered a steady and reliable pilot, meant after service with FAA 227 Döring took command of Jasta 4 on 8 April 1917, before he had claimed an air victory. However, he scored his first victory a few days later, on 14 April 1917; he continued to collect wins through 4 October, when he scored his eleventh and last. On 14 December 1917, he was awarded the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern to accompany his Iron Cross First Class.
Promoted to Rittmeister on 28 November 1917, Döring remained CO of Jasta 4 until 19 January 1918, after which he took over Jagdgruppe Nr. 4. In August he took over Jasta 66, and then a few days later Jasta 1.
Between the World Wars
He rejoined the Dragoons on 1 December 1918, and became an advisor with the Argentinian Air Force from 1923–1927 and the Peruvian Air Force until 1929. From 1930 - 1932, he was a member of the German aviation mission to China.
Döring rejoined the Luftwaffe on 1 July 1934, as a Major. He commanded the flying School at Celle in 1936, and became a Gruppenkommandeur of JG 2. He commanded the Horst Wessel Squadron in April 1936.
World War II and beyond
From 15 December 1939 to 1 December 1940 he was a Major General commanding Jagdfliegerführer 2. From August 1941 through January 1942, he was a Jagd Division commander with the rank of Leutnant-General, his seniority dating from 1 November 1941.
- Iron Cross (1914) 2nd and 1st Class
- House Order of Hohenzollern (26 November 1917)
- Clasp to the Iron Cross (1939) 2nd and 1st Class
- German Cross in Gold on 30 December 1942 as Generalleutnant in the 1. Jagd-Division
- Franks 1993, p. 99.
- Franks 1993, pp. 99–100.
- Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 90.
- Franks, Norman R. L. et al. (1993). Above the Lines: The Aces and Fighter Units of the German Air Service, Naval Air Service and Flanders Marine Corps 1914 – 1918 Grub Street. 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.
|Commander of Jagdgeschwader 134 "Horst Wessel"
April 1, 1936 – November 1, 1938
|Commander of Jagdfliegerführer 2
December 21, 1939 – December 1, 1940
Generalmajor Theo Osterkamp
Oberst Werner Junck
|Inspekteur der Jagdflieger
December 19, 1940 – August 5, 1941
Oberst Werner Mölders
|Commander of 1. Jagd-Division
May 1, 1942 – September 15, 1943
Oberst Günther Lützow