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Name: Albert Dossenbach
Orden Pour le Mérite (Blue Max)
Golden Military Merit Cross
Knight's Cross of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern
Iron Cross 1st and 2nd class
Albert Dossenbach
Country: Germany
Rank: Leutnant
Units: FA 22; Jasta 2, 10, 36
Victories: 15
Born: 05 June 1891
Place of Birth: St. Blasien
Killed In Action: 03 July 1917 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Over Frezenberg, Belgium
Cemetery: Frieberg, Germany
 
 
A medical student when the war began, Dossenbach abandoned his studies to join the army. Within weeks, he was promoted to Unteroffizier and by the end of his first month of service, he was decorated for saving the life of his commanding officer. In 1916, he transferred to the German Air Force and graduated from Jastaschule in June. Later that year, while serving with FA 22, Dossenbach became the first two-seater pilot to receive the Orden Pour le Mérite ( Blue Max). Following single-seat fighter training with Jasta 2, he assumed command of Jasta 36 on 22 February 1917. Teaching by example, he scored the squadron's first aerial victory on 5 April 1917, downing a French Caudron. On 2 May 1917, having already scored 14 victories, Dossenbach was severely wounded while bombing an enemy airfield. When he recovered, he assumed command of Jasta 10. Scoring his final victory on 27 June 1917, he shot down an observation balloon near Ypres.  Six days later, he was killed in action, shot down by a British two-seater. Witnesses reported they saw him jump or fall from his burning plane. His was buried in Frieburg with full military honors.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 1916 FA 22   EA  
2 1916 FA 22   EA  
3 1916 FA 22   EA  
4 1916 FA 22   EA  
5 13 Aug 1916 FA 22   B.E.12  
6 24 Sep 1916 1810 FA 22   B.E.12 Morchies
7 26 Sep 1916 1225 FA 22   EA Ervillers
8 27 Sep 1916 FA 22   F.E.2b (4839) Tourmignies
9 03 Nov 1916 FA 22   F.E.2b Mory
u/c 16 Mar 1917 Jasta 36   Caudron  
10 05 Apr 1917 Jasta 36   Caudron Silléry
11 11 Apr 1917 Jasta 36   Caudron Berry-au-Bac
12 13 Apr 1917 1400 Jasta 36   SPAD Sepigneul
13 15 Apr 1917 Jasta 36   Nieuport Bethany
14 15 Apr 1917 Jasta 36   SPAD St. Fergeux
15 27 Jun 1917 1610 Jasta 10   Balloon Ypres
 
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