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Name: Otto Kissenberth
Orden Pour le Mérite (Blue Max)
Knight's Cross of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern
Iron Cross 1st and 2nd class
Otto Kissenberth
Country: Germany
Rank: Oberleutnant
Units: FA 8b, 9b
Jasta 16, 23
KEK E
Victories: 20
Insignia: Edelweiss, white and yellow
Born: 26 February 1893
Place of Birth: Landshut, Bavaria
Died: 02 August 1919
Place of Death: Bavarian Alps
 
 
A mechanical engineer with an interest in aircraft design, Kissenberth joined the German Air Force in 1914. Toward the end of the year, he completed his training as a reconnaissance pilot and was posted to FA 8b. On 21 March 1915, he was wounded in action over the Vosges Mountains. When he recovered, he joined FA 9b on 8 July 1915, serving in Italy and on the Vosges front. In 1916, as a fighting pilot with KEK Einsisheim, Kissenberth was credited with his first three victories on 12 October. Not until the summer of the following year would he score again. This time, as a member of Jasta 16, he downed two SPADs and flamed a balloon. On 4 August 1917, Kissenberth assumed command of Jasta 23. One of several German aces who wore glasses during the war, he most often flew an Albatros D.V with yellow and white Edelweiss painted on its fuselage. After scoring more than a dozen victories with this aircraft, he scored his final victory flying a captured Sopwith Camel. Less than two weeks later, on the evening of 29 May 1918, he was seriously injured when he crashed the British fighter. Returning to duty later that year, he served as commanding officer of the Schliessheim flying school until the end of the war. In 1919, Kissenberth was killed in a climbing accident while mountaineering in the Bavarian Alps.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 12 Oct 1916 about 1520 KEK E   Farman Widensolen
2 12 Oct 1916 about 1521 KEK E   Farman Ihringen
3 12 Oct 1916 1659 KEK E   Bréguet V (9181) Oberenzen
4 26 May 1917 Jasta 16   SPAD Somme-Py
5 19 Jun 1917 Jasta 16   Balloon Aubreville
6 16 Jul 1917 1235 Jasta 16   SPAD VII Morte Homme
7 12 Aug 1917 1810 Jasta 23   SPAD VII Avecourt Wood
8 17 Aug 1917 Jasta 23   Nieuport 17 Morte Homme
9 19 Aug 1917 1735 Jasta 23   SPAD VII Morte Homme
10 20 Aug 1917 1015 Jasta 23   SPAD VII Morte Homme
11 20 Aug 1917 1950 Jasta 23   SPAD VII Haumont
12 22 Aug 1917 1216 Jasta 23   Paul Schmidt Hill 304, Verdun
13 06 Sep 1917 1402 Jasta 23   SPAD VII Beaumont
14 19 Sep 1917 1640 Jasta 23   SPAD VII Montzeville
15 22 Sep 1917 1430 Jasta 23   SPAD VII Vaux
16 23 Sep 1917 0950 Jasta 23   Sopwith 1½ Strutter Hill 304, Verdun
17 23 Sep 1917 0815 Jasta 23   SPAD VII E of Vaqois
18 02 Oct 1917 Jasta 23   Sopwith 1½ Strutter S of Avecourt
19 25 Jan 1918 1250 Jasta 23 Albatros D.V SPAD Hill 304, Verdun
20 16 May 1918 1055 Jasta 23 Sopwith Camel S.E.5a Tilly-Neuville
 
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