Robert Heibert

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Robert Heibert
Born 8 January 1886
Oberfell
Died 10 May 1933(1933-05-10) (aged 47)
Allegiance Germany
Service/branch Army; aviation
Years of service 1914–1918
Rank Offizierstellvertreter
Unit FAA 207, FFA 227, Jagdstaffel 33, Jagdstaffel 46
Battles/wars Battle of Verdun
Awards Military Merit Cross, Iron Cross

Offizierstellvertreter Robert Heibert (8 January 1886 – 10 May 1933) was a German flying ace during World War I. He was credited with 13 confirmed aerial victories; he also had seven unconfirmed wins.

World War I[edit]

Heibert was a native of Oberfell in the Mosel region, being born there on 26 January 1886. He joined the German army in August 1914. He transferred to aerial duty in May 1915 and began service as a two-seater pilot on artillery cooperation duty with FA(A) 207 in October. He then transferred to FA(A) 207. He was active in the skies over Verdun. He then became a fighter pilot, and beginning 17 August 1917 was stationed with Jagdstaffel 33.[1] He enjoyed his first aerial success there, downing a Sopwith northeast of Dixmude on 20 August 1917. After a transfer on 17 December 1917 to help found Jagdstaffel 46,[2] he resumed his winning ways with a double win on 16 February 1918. He would run off a string of ten more confirmed wins through 9 August, including busting two balloons on 1 August. He ended the war with 13 victories certified;[3][4] some or all of the seven more unconfirmed victories may have failed to gain approval as the German administrative system bogged down.[1]

After winning both classes of the Iron Cross, Robert Heibert was awarded the highest award for valor available to a German enlisted man, the Military Merit Cross on 5 July 1918. He had been wounded four times, which should have qualified him for a Silver Wound Badge, though no award to him has been reported.[5] He also received his final promotion in military rank in July 1918. Heibert would survive the war.[4]

Post World War I[edit]

Heibert committed suicide on 10 May 1933.[1][4]

References[edit]

  • 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.
  • Franks, Norman. Albatros Aces of World War 1: Volume 32 of Aircraft of the Aces; Volume 32 of Osprey Aviation Series; Volume 32 of Osprey Aircraft of the Aces. Norman Franks. Osprey Publishing, 2000. ISBN 1-85532-960-3, ISBN 978-1-85532-960-7.
  • Franks, Norman, & van Wyngarten, Greg. Fokker D VII Aces of World War 1, Part 2: Aircraft of the Aces, 63; Osprey Aircraft of the Aces. Osprey Publishing, 2004. ISBN 1-84176-729-8, ISBN 978-1-84176-729-1.

Endnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Franks & van Wyngarten, p. 43
  2. ^ Franks, p. 65
  3. ^ The Aerodrome website page on Heibert http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/germany/heibert.php Retrieved 21 January 2011.
  4. ^ a b c Franks et al 1993, p. 125.
  5. ^ The Aerodrome website's page on the Wound Badge http://www.theaerodrome.com/medals/germany/wb.php Retrieved 21 January 2011.