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Name: Karl Menckhoff
Orden Pour le Mérite (Blue Max)
Knight's Cross with Swords of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern
Iron Cross 1st class
Karl Menckhoff
Country: Germany
Rank: Oberleutnant Menckhoff's Insignia
Units: Jasta 3, 72
Victories: 39
Born: 14 April 1883
Place of Birth: Herford, Westphalia
Died: 1948
Place of Death: Switzerland
 
 
One of the oldest pilots in the German Air Service, Menckhoff was in his 30's when the war began. On 23 September 1917, he was shot down while trying to assist Werner Voss in his famous dogfight with 56 Squadron. He and Voss were both shot down by Arthur Rhys Davids. Five days later, Menckhoff was shot down again by 56 Squadron. Finally, on 25 July 1918, Menckhoff was shot down near Château Thierry by Lt. Walter Avery, an American with the 95th Aero Squadron. It was Avery's first air combat and Menckhoff was captured. In August 1919, he escaped from Camp Montoire, made his way to Switzerland and remained there until his death.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 05 Apr 1917 1915 Jasta 3   Nieuport 23 Athies
2 06 Apr 1917 1030 Jasta 3   R.E.8 Thelus-Rouvroy
3 30 Apr 1917 1850 Jasta 3   Nieuport 17 (B1601) Cantin
4 07 May 1917 1500 Jasta 3   R.E.8 Tilloy
5 09 May 1917 0850 Jasta 3   Sopwith Triplane (N5458) Farbus
6 28 Jul 1917 1120 Jasta 3   Sopwith Camel Gravenstafel
7 26 Aug 1917 0645 Jasta 3   SPAD Zonnebeke
8 26 Aug 1917 1005 Jasta 3   R.E.8 Langemarck
9 11 Sep 1917 0950 Jasta 3   Sopwith Camel Moorseele
10 13 Sep 1917 1520 Jasta 3   SPAD Zillebeke
11 14 Sep 1917 1905 Jasta 3   S.E.5a De Ruiter
12 25 Sep 1917 1525 Jasta 3   SPAD Noordschoote
13 12 Oct 1917 1020 Jasta 3   Sopwith Triplane (N5378) Zonnebeke
14 12 Oct 1917 1025 Jasta 3   R.E.8 Broodseinde
15 27 Oct 1917 1550 Jasta 3   S.E.5a Bellewarde
16 28 Nov 1917 1140 Jasta 3   Bristol F.2b Pilckem
17 05 Dec 1917 1015 Jasta 3   S.E.5a Passchendaele
18 29 Dec 1917 1120 Jasta 3   SPAD Draaibank
19 22 Jan 1918 1305 Jasta 3   A.W.F.K.8 (B3313) S of Draaibank
20 04 Feb 1918 1220 Jasta 3   S.E.5a Poelcapelle
21 01 Apr 1918 Jasta 72   Bréguet 14 Mesnil
22 06 Apr 1918 Jasta 72   Letord  
23 07 Apr 1918 Jasta 72   SPAD Montdidier
24 11 Apr 1918 1535 Jasta 72   Nieuport Belle Assise
25 22 Apr 1918 1840 Jasta 72   SPAD Godenvillers
26 19 May 1918 1840 Jasta 72   SPAD  
27 21 May 1918 Jasta 72   Bréguet 14  
28 31 May 1918 Jasta 72   SPAD Soissons
29 01 Jun 1918 Jasta 72   Bréguet 14 Soissons
30 02 Jun 1918 Jasta 72   SPAD  
31 02 Jun 1918 Jasta 72   Sopwith Camel Foret de Laigue
32 05 Jun 1918 Jasta 72   Bréguet 14 St. Leger
33 11 Jun 1918 p.m. Jasta 72   Sopwith Camel Faverolles
34 15 Jun 1918 Jasta 72   SPAD Rethondes
35 04 Jul 1918 2000 Jasta 72   Sopwith Camel (D6494) Estrées
36 15 Jul 1918 Jasta 72   SPAD Bony
37 15 Jul 1918 Jasta 72   SPAD  
38 16 Jul 1918 Jasta 72   SPAD Reims
39 19 Jul 1918 1225 Jasta 72   SPAD S of Mont Voisin
 
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