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Name: Otto Esswein
Golden Military Merit Cross
Iron Cross 1st and 2nd Class
Country: Germany
Rank: Offizierstellvertreter
Units: Jasta 26
Victories: 12
Born: 03 March 1890
Place of Birth: Wurttemburg
Died: 21 July 1918 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Near Hartennes
 
 
Esswein was wounded in action on 27 November 1917. On 5 February 1918, he shot down Cyril Ball, brother of English ace Albert Ball. Esswein was shot down on 16 July 1918, escaping from his burning plane with the aid of a parachute. Five days later, he was killed in action when his plane went down in flames near Hartennes.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 15 Nov 1917 1055 Jasta 26   Sopwith Camel Comines
2 02 Feb 1918 1335 Jasta 26 Fokker DR.I Sopwith Camel St. Julien
3 03 Feb 1918 1600 Jasta 26 Fokker DR.I Sopwith Camel E of Langermarck
4 03 Feb 1918 1610 Jasta 26 Fokker DR.I Sopwith Camel SW of Westroosbeke
5 03 Feb 1918 1615 Jasta 26 Fokker DR.I Sopwith Camel Westroosbeke
6 05 Feb 1918 1221 Jasta 26 Albatros D.Va Bristol F.2b (A7255) Sleyhage
7 05 Feb 1918 1225 Jasta 26 Albatros D.Va S.E.5a (B533) E of Staden
8 19 Feb 1918 1550 Jasta 26   Bristol F.2b Potyze
9 22 Mar 1918 1555 Jasta 26   Scout Havrincourt
10 26 Mar 1918 1745 Jasta 26   Sopwith Dolphin  
11 31 May 1918 1705 Jasta 26   SPAD Mortfontaine
12 31 May 1918 1710 Jasta 26   SPAD  
 
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