The Aerodrome Home Page
Aces of WWI
Aircraft of WWI
Books and Videos
The Aerodrome Forum
Sign the Guestbook
Help
WWI Web Sites
Medals & Decorations
The Aerodrome News
Search The Aerodrome
Today in History




Name: Walter Göttsch
Knight's Cross of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern
Iron Cross 1st and 2nd class
Walter Göttsch
Country: Germany
Rank: Leutnant
Units: FA 33
Jasta 8, 19
Victories: 20
Born: 10 June 1896
Place of Birth: Altona, near Hamburg
Died: 10 April 1918 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Near Gontelles
 
 
Volunteering for service on 1 July 1915, Göttsch transferred to the German Air Force in 1916. After serving with FA 33 at Flanders, he was trained on single-seat fighters and posted to Jasta 8 on 10 September 1916. Scoring his fourth victory on the afternoon of 7 January 1917, Göttsch shot down an F.E.2d flown by Thomas Mottershead of 20 Squadron. Despite terrible burns that later proved fatal, Mottershead succeeded in landing his aircraft within his own lines and was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. Göttsch was credited with two more F.E.2d's on 1 February 1917 but two days later he was shot down over Wervicq while attacking another F.E.2d. Recovering from his wounds, he returned to duty in April 1917, scoring six more victories before he was shot down for a second time by an F.E.2d on 29 June 1917. Göttsch's score continued to climb but on 25 September 1917 he was wounded and shot down for the third time by a Bristol Fighter. He was wounded in action on 30 November 1917 and upon returning to duty in January 1918, he assumed command of Jasta 19 on 14 February 1918. Flying a Fokker DR.I with a white swastika on its fuselage, he scored three more victories before he was killed in action. Downing an R.E.8 near Amiens, Göttsch was shot down by an accurate burst of fire from the British observer's Lewis gun.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 14 Nov 1916 Jasta 8   Balloon Belgian Oostvlederen
2 17 Nov 1916 Jasta 8   D.H.2 SW of Ypres
3 05 Jan 1917 1100 Jasta 8   B.E.2e (7190) Voormzeele
4 07 Jan 1917 1300 Jasta 8   F.E.2d (A39) Ypres-Kemmel
5 01 Feb 1917 p.m. Jasta 8   F.E.2d (A1957) E of Moorslede
6 01 Feb 1917 p.m. Jasta 8   F.E.2d (A25) Bondues, N of Lille
7 06 Apr 1917 1030 Jasta 8   F.E.2d NE of Polygon Wood
8 08 Apr 1917 Jasta 8   B.E.2 E of Dixmude
9 24 Apr 1917 0910 Jasta 8   F.E.2d E of Ypres
10 03 May 1917 p.m. Jasta 8   F.E.8 N of Lille
11 04 May 1917 1317 Jasta 8   Sopwith 1½ Strutter (A1001) N of Lille
12 05 May 1917 Jasta 8   F.E.2d Schaep-Baillie
13 17 Jul 1917 1250 Jasta 8   Nieuport SW of St. Jean
14 31 Jul 1917 1340 Jasta 8   F.E.2d Moorslede
15 06 Sep 1917 0910 Jasta 8   Sopwith Elverdinghen
16 10 Sep 1917 1810 Jasta 8   SPAD Frezenburg
17 16 Sep 1917 Jasta 8   Sopwith Camel Houthulst Forest
18 31 Mar 1918 Jasta 19   AR2 E of Montdidier
19 01 Apr 1918 Jasta 19   Bréguet 14 Montdidier
20 10 Apr 1918 Jasta 19   R.E.8 (B6641) Amiens
 
Aces · Aircraft · Books · Forum · Guests · Help · Links · Medals · News · Search · Today