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Name: Hans Berr
Orden Pour le Mérite (Blue Max)
Knight's Cross with Swords of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern
Iron Cross 1st and 2nd class
Hans Berr [Thanks to Carsten Kopke]
Country: Germany
Rank: Oberleutnant
Units: Jasta 5
KEK Avillers
Victories: 10
Born: 20 May 1890
Place of Birth: Braunschweig
Died: 06 April 1917 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Near Noyelles
A Leutnant in the infantry when the war began, Berr was wounded in action on 6 September 1914. When he recovered, he was promoted to Oberleutnant and requested a transfer to the Fliegertruppe. After serving most of 1915 as an observer, Berr completed flight training and was posted to KEK Avillers. In March 1916, he scored his first two victories flying a Fokker Eindecker. By autumn, he was given command of Jasta 5 and was posted to the Somme front. Scoring eight more victories by the end of the year, he downed seven aircraft and one balloon. On 6 April 1917, Jasta 5 engaged 57 Squadron near Noyelles. In the heat of battle, Berr was killed in a crash following a mid-air collision with one of his Jasta pilots.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 08 Mar 1916 KEK Avillers   Nieuport Verdun
2 14 Mar 1916 KEK Avillers   Caudron NW of Verdun
3 07 Oct 1916 1010 Jasta 5   Caudron Combles
4 07 Oct 1916 Jasta 5   B.E.12 Combles
5 20 Oct 1916 1700 Jasta 5   F.E.2b SE of Le Transloy
6 22 Oct 1916 1100 Jasta 5   Morane Parasol Sailley
7 26 Oct 1916 1800 Jasta 5   F.E.2b (4933) Le Transloy
8 26 Oct 1916 1810 Jasta 5   Balloon S of Maurepas
9 01 Nov 1916 1615 Jasta 5   Caudron SE of Courcelette
10 03 Nov 1916 1745 Jasta 5   B.E.2c NW of Martinpuich
Franks, Norman, Frank Bailey and Russell Guest. Above the Lines: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces of the German Air Service, Naval Air Service and Flanders Marine Corps, 1914-1918. London: Grub Street, 1993

Treadwell, Terry C. and Alan C. Wood. German Knights of the Air 1914-1918: The Holders of the Orden Pour le Mérite. New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1998
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