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Name: Heinrich Claudius Kroll
Orden Pour le Mérite (Blue Max)
Knight's Cross of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern
Iron Cross 1st and 2nd class
Heinrich Kroll [Thanks to Carsten Kopke at Arrowsoft Verlag]
Country: Germany
Rank: Oberleutnant Kroll's Insignia
Units: FA 17
Jasta 9, 24
Victories: 33
Born: 03 November 1894
Place of Birth: Flatzby; near Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein
Died: 21 February 1930
Place of Death: Hamburg
 
 
The son of a school master, Kroll volunteered for service when war was declared. While serving at the front with an infantry regiment, he was awarded the Iron Cross, 2nd class, and became a commissioned officer. In 1916 he transferred to the German Air Force. The following year, his fifth victory was over a SPAD VII piloted by the French ace René Dorme. Kroll was shot down several times, twice in flames, but he avoided serious injury until 14 August 1918. On that date, his fighter pilot career ended when he was badly wounded in the left shoulder at Omencourt.
 
Opponents
#5 René DormeFrance
#21 St. Cyprian TaylerSouth Africa
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 01 May 1917 1935 Jasta 9   SPAD W of Moronvillers
2 07 May 1917 1125 Jasta 9   SPAD E of Auberive
3 07 May 1917 1420 Jasta 9   SPAD St. Hilaire le Grand
4 20 May 1917 1850 Jasta 9   SPAD St. Hilaire le Petit
5 25 May 1917 2015 Jasta 9   SPAD VII Fort de la Pompelle
u/c 30 May 1917 Jasta 9   SPAD S of Moronvillers
6 20 Jul 1917 2100 Jasta 24   S.E.5 (A8921) N of Zandvoorde
7 12 Aug 1917 0900 Jasta 24   Sopwith Triplane N of Ypres
8 15 Aug 1917 1855 Jasta 24   F.E.2d N of Ypres
9 09 Sep 1917 1835 Jasta 24   Sopwith Triplane NW of Bellewaarde Lake
10 12 Sep 1917 1315 Jasta 24   SPAD SW of Linselles
11 20 Sep 1917 1104 Jasta 24   SPAD W of Zonnebeke
12 25 Sep 1917 Jasta 24   Sopwith Pup SW of Langemarck
13 12 Nov 1917 1305 Jasta 24   Sopwith Camel NE of Armentières
14 13 Nov 1917 1435 Jasta 24   Sopwith Camel N of Zillebeke Lake
15 04 Dec 1917 1605 Jasta 24   S.E.5a E of Cantaing
16 13 Jan 1918 1107 Jasta 24   S.E.5a Flesquieres
17 25 Jan 1918 1735 Jasta 24   Bristol F.2b NW of St. Quentin
18 29 Jan 1918 1135 Jasta 24   Sopwith Camel S of St. Quentin
19 30 Jan 1918 1425 Jasta 24   Bristol F.2b Hesbecourt
20 18 Feb 1918 1220 Jasta 24   Sopwith Camel Vendeuil-Rumigny
21 17 Mar 1918 1100 Jasta 24   Sopwith Camel (B9209) Attily, W of St. Quentin
22 22 Mar 1918 1500 Jasta 24   R.E.8 Genlis Wood
23 01 Apr 1918 0815 Jasta 24   SPAD NW of Noyon
24 31 May 1918 1830 Jasta 24   Bréguet 14 Rémy
25 07 Jun 1918 0825 Jasta 24   SPAD Foret de Laigne
26 09 Jun 1918 1015 Jasta 24   SPAD Moreuil-Ellincourt
27 09 Jun 1918 1015 Jasta 24   SPAD Moreuil-Ellincourt
28 29 Jun 1918 2125 Jasta 24   R.E.8 W of Villers Bretonneux
29 29 Jun 1918 2135 Jasta 24   S.E.5a W of Villers Bretonneux
30 05 Jul 1918 2145 Jasta 24   SPAD S of Cournay
31 08 Aug 1918 0940 Jasta 24   R.E.8 W of Villers Bretonneux
32 08 Aug 1918 1625 Jasta 24   S.E.5a  
33 09 Aug 1918 0820 Jasta 24   S.E.5a W of Le Quesnel
 
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