Kurt-Bertram von Döring

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Kurt-Bertram von Döring
Born (1889-02-18)18 February 1889
Died 9 July 1960(1960-07-09) (aged 71)
Allegiance  German Empire
 Weimar Republic
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Cross-Pattee-Heraldry.svg Luftstreitkräfte
Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe
Years of service 1907–20, 1934–45 (Germany)
1927–29 (Peru)
Rank Generalleutnant (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.

Early life[edit]

Born 18 February 1889 at Ribbekardt, Döring joined the Dragoon Regiment Nr. 17 on 14 March 1907. In mid 1913 he transferred to the Air Service, and in May 1914 joined Festung FA in Cologne.[1]

World War I[edit]

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.[2]

Döring also gained the trust of Jagdgeschwader 1 commander Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen, who assigned command of JG 1 to Döring when Richthofen was away from the front.[citation needed]

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.[2]

Between the World Wars[edit]

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.[1]

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.[1]

World War II and beyond[edit]

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.[1]

Döring died on 9 July 1960 at Medingen.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e Franks 1993, p. 99.
  2. ^ a b Franks 1993, pp. 99–100.
  3. ^ 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. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Commander of Jagdgeschwader 134 "Horst Wessel"
April 1, 1936 – November 1, 1938
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Commander of Jagdfliegerführer 2
December 21, 1939 – December 1, 1940
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Theo Osterkamp
Preceded by
Oberst Werner Junck
Inspekteur der Jagdflieger
December 19, 1940 – August 5, 1941
Succeeded by
Oberst Werner Mölders
Preceded by
Commander of 1. Jagd-Division
May 1, 1942 – September 15, 1943
Succeeded by
Oberst Günther Lützow