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Name: Wilhelm Frankl
Orden Pour le Mérite (Blue Max)
Knight's Cross of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern
Iron Cross 1st and 2nd class
Wilhelm Frankl
Country: Germany
Rank: Leutnant
Units: FA 40
Jasta 4
KEK Vaux
Victories: 20
Born: 20 December 1893
Place of Birth: Hamburg
Died: 08 April 1917 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Near Vitry-Sailly
Cemetery: Berlin-Charlottenburg
 
 
The son of a Jewish businessman, Frankl scored his first victory on 10 May 1915 while serving as an observer with FA 40. That day, he shot down a Voisin with a carbine. For this feat, he received the Iron Cross, 1st Class. Later that year he became a pilot and scored nine victories flying the Eindekker with KEK Vaux. On 1 September 1916, he joined Jasta 4 and scored eleven more victories before he was killed in action on the afternoon of 8 April 1917. During a fight with Bristol Fighters, his Albatros D.III came apart in the air and went down near Vitry-Sailly.

When the Nazis came to power, Frankl's name was removed from the list of German World War I aviation heroes. After World War II, his name was reinstated to the list and in 1973, the Luftwaffe honored his memory by naming a barracks for him.

 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 10 May 1915 FA 40   Voisin  
2 10 Jan 1916 KEK Vaux   Voisin Woumen, Dixmude
3 19 Jan 1916 KEK Vaux   Voisin Woumen
4 01 Feb 1916 KEK Vaux   Voisin Chaulnes
5 04 May 1916 KEK Vaux   B.E.2c (4109) S of Warneton
6 21 May 1916 KEK Vaux   F.E.2b (5206) Houthem
7 02 Aug 1916 p.m. KEK Vaux   Morane Parasol Beaumetz
8 10 Aug 1916 KEK Vaux   Voisin  
9 10 Aug 1916 KEK Vaux   EA  
10 07 Sep 1916 Jasta 4   Nieuport NE of Combles
11 15 Sep 1916 Jasta 4 Halberstadt D Nieuport (A136) Péronne
12 17 Sep 1916 1135 Jasta 4   F.E.2b Equancourt
13 26 Sep 1916 0920 Jasta 4   Caudron Rancourt
14 10 Oct 1916 1330 Jasta 4   Nieuport Villers Carbonnel
15 22 Oct 1916 1145 Jasta 4   Sopwith 1½ Strutter Driencourt
16 06 Apr 1917 0730 Jasta 4   F.E.2b Quiery-la-Motte
17 06 Apr 1917 0850 Jasta 4   F.E.2b Fauchy
18 06 Apr 1917 0855 Jasta 4   F.E.2b (3819) Arras
19 06 Apr 1917 0955 Jasta 4   B.E.2c (5834) Douai
20 07 Apr 1917 1925 Jasta 4 Albatros D.III Nieuport 17 (A6773) SE of Fampoux
 
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