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Name: Rudolph von Eschwege
Knight's Cross with Swords of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern
Iron Cross 1st and 2nd class
Rudolph von Eschwege
Country: Germany
Rank: Leutnant
Units: FA 30, 36, 66
Victories: 20
Born: 25 February 1895
Place of Birth: Bad Homburg vor der Höhe
Killed In Action: 21 November 1917 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Macedonia
 
 
Having joined the army before the war, Eschwege saw action with the cavalry before his transfer to the German Air Force in 1915. In August of that year, he was posted to FA 36 as a reconnaissance pilot on the Western Front. In 1916, he was credited with his first two victories after joining FA 66 on the Macedonian front. Reassigned to FA 30 in January 1917, Eschwege became known as "The Eagle of the Aegean," achieving 18 additional victories with a variety of fighter aircraft. Having just been recommended for the Blue Max, he was killed in action during an attack on a decoy balloon launched by No. 17 Balloon Section of the Royal Flying Corps. As Eschwege engaged the target, the British ground crew detonated 500 pounds of explosive in the balloon's basket, damaging the German's Halberstadt Scout and causing it to crash.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
u/c 25 Oct 1916 FA 66   Nieuport 12 Drama
1 19 Nov 1916 FA 66   Nieuport 12 (3979) Drama
2 27 Dec 1916 FA 66   Farman (F3131) Drama aerodrome
3 09 Jan 1917 FA 30   Farman Near Drama
4 18 Feb 1917 FA 30   B.E.12 Drama
u/c 19 Feb 1917 FA 30   Nieuport 12 Drama
u/c 08 Mar 1917 FA 30   Nieuport 12 Lake Tahino
5 22 Mar 1917 FA 30   Nieuport 12 (N3182) Doksat
6 30 Mar 1917 FA 30   Sopwith 1½ Strutter (N5223) Xanthi
7 10 May 1917 FA 30   B.E.12 W of Lake Tahino
8 12 May 1917 FA 30   B.E.12 Lake Tahino
9 20 May 1917 FA 30   Farman At sea, SE of Kavalla near Thasos
10 05 Jun 1917 FA 30   Farman At sea, Kap Kojunnakla
11 11 Jun 1917 FA 30   B.E. Ahinos
12 12 Jun 1917 FA 30   Sopwith 1½ Strutter Mesta River delta
13 09 Aug 1917 FA 30   B.E.12 Near Iveron
u/c 09 Aug 1917 FA 30   B.E. (FTL) British lines
14 20 Aug 1917 FA 30   Sopwith Camel Thasos Island, near Tasli
15 12 Sep 1917 FA 30   Sopwith 1½ Strutter Struma Estuary
16 03 Oct 1917 FA 30   B.E. W of Sarmusakli
u/c 23 Oct 1917 FA 30   EA Kopiva
17 28 Oct 1917 FA 30   Balloon Kopiva
u/c 09 Nov 1917 FA 30   Balloon Kopiva
18 15 Nov 1917 FA 30   Balloon Near Orljak
19 19 Nov 1917 FA 30   Sopwith 1½ Strutter Kalendra, W of Seres
20 21 Nov 1917 a.m. FA 30   Balloon Orljak
 
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