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Name: Walter Höhndorf
Orden Pour le Mérite (Blue Max)
Knight's Cross with Swords of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern
Iron Cross 1st and 2nd class
Walter Höhndorf
Country: Germany
Rank: Leutnant
Units: FA 12, 67
Jasta 1, 4, 14
Kek Vaux
Victories: 12
Born: 10 November 1892
Place of Birth: Prutzke
Died: 05 September 1917 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death: Ire-le-Sec, near Marville
 
 
The son of a school teacher, Walter Höhndorf learned to fly in Paris, receiving pilot's certificate No. 582 on 3 November 1913. When war broke out he enlisted in the air service, becoming a Leutnant on 15 March 1915. After almost a year working with Siemens-Schuckert as a test pilot, he was sent to Jastaschule. He served with FA 12 and FA 67 and won the Iron Cross, second class. Posted to Kek Vaux in April 1916, by the end of July he had received the Iron Cross, first class, the Knight's Cross with Swords of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern and the Blue Max. In August 1916 he was posted to Jasta 1 and later served with Jasta 4 before becoming an instructor and test pilot at Valenciennes. On 15 August 1917, Höhndorf assumed command of Jasta 14 but was killed less than three weeks later when the AEG D.I (4400/17) he was test flying crashed.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 17 Jan 1916 FA 12   Voisin (1096) Near Alsace
2 19 Jan 1916 FA 12   Voisin Medevich
3 10 Apr 1916 Kek Vaux   Nieuport  
4 02 Jun 1916 Kek Vaux   EA French W of Moerchingen
5 17 Jun 1916 Kek Vaux   Nieuport S of Château Salins
6 22 Jun 1916 Kek Vaux   EA French Lembach
7 25 Jun 1916 Kek Vaux   EA French Raucourt
8 14 Jul 1916 Kek Vaux   EA French SW of Péronne
9 19 Jul 1916 Kek Vaux   EA Péronne
10 22 Jul 1916 KEK Vaux   Nieuport S of Bapaume
11 31 Jul 1916 KEK Vaux   EA N of Bapaume
12 17 Sep 1916 1300 Jasta 1   Caudron G.IV Morval
 
Books
Treadwell, Terry C. and Alan C. Wood. German Knights of the Air 1914-1918: The Holders of the Orden Pour le Mérite. New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1998
 
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