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Name: Theodor Osterkamp
Orden Pour le Mérite (Blue Max)
Iron Cross 1st class
Heinrich Bongartz [Thanks to Carsten Kopke at Arrowsoft Verlag]
Country: Germany
Rank: Oberleutnant zur See
Service: Freiwilliges Marine Flieger Corps
Units: Marine Feld Jasta I
Marine Feld Jasta II
Victories: 32
Born: 15 April 1892
Place of Birth: Aschersleben, Prussian Saxony
Died: 02 January 1975
Place of Death: Baden-Baden
 
 
The Prussian army rejected him for health reasons but Osterkamp joined the Freiwilliges Marine Flieger Corps and became the German navy's highest scoring ace. When the war ended, he went east to fight the Bolsheviks. At the age of 43, Osterkamp was back in uniform again, flying for the Luftwaffe. He served in France and Italy during World War II, scored 6 more victories, rose to the rank of Generalleutnant and was awarded the Ritterkreuz, Hitler's highest award for valor.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 30 Apr 1917 MFJ I   Sopwith Oostkerke
2 12 May 1917 MFJ I   Sopwith Off Ostende
3 05 Jun 1917 MFJ I   Sopwith Triplane Off Nieuport
4 11 Jul 1917 2145 MFJ I   Sopwith 1½ Strutter Coxyde-N of Furnes
5 12 Jul 1917 2100 MFJ I   S.E.5 Zandvoorde
6 24 Sep 1917 MFJ I   SPAD W of Westroosebeke
7 16 Mar 1918 1555 MFJ II   Sopwith Camel S of Pervyse
8 26 Mar 1918 MFJ II   Sopwith Camel Avekapelle
9 23 Apr 1918 MFJ II   Sopwith Camel Off Ostende
10 25 Apr 1918 MFJ II   SPAD Pervyse
11 11 May 1918 1702 MFJ II   Sopwith Camel (B7192) Off Breedene
12 07 Jun 1918 1310 MFJ II   Sopwith Camel Ramskapelle
13 12 Jun 1918 1150 MFJ II   D.H.4 SW of Pervyse
14 27 Jun 1918 MFJ II   Sopwith Camel Off Wenduyne
15 28 Jun 1918 2055 MFJ II   Sopwith Camel SW of Blankartsee
16 29 Jun 1918 MFJ II   Bristol F.2b SE of Pervyse
17 20 Jul 1918 1025 MFJ II   Sopwith Camel (D1938) E of Nieuport
18 25 Jul 1918 2053 MFJ II   Sopwith Camel S of Nieuport
19 29 Jul 1918 MFJ II   D.H.4 (D8402) S of Gudekapelle
20 12 Aug 1918 2050 MFJ II   Sopwith Camel (D9507) Ramskapelle
21 16 Aug 1918 MFJ II   D.H.9 (D7708) Off Blankenberghe
22 21 Aug 1918 1400 MFJ II   D.H.9 Off Breedene
23 23 Aug 1918 1210 MFJ II   Sopwith Camel Pervyse
24 16 Sep 1918 MFJ II   Sopwith Camel Coxyde
25 16 Sep 1918 MFJ II   Sopwith Camel Coxyde
26 20 Sep 1918 MFJ II   Sopwith Camel (D8205) Praet Bosch
27 28 Sep 1918 1230 MFJ II   Sopwith Camel Woumen
28 28 Sep 1918 1810 MFJ II   Bréguet 14 Pierkenshoek
29 29 Sep 1918 MFJ II   Bréguet 14 W of Zarren
30 29 Oct 1918 MFJ II   EA  
31 Oct 1918 MFJ II   EA  
32 Oct 1918 MFJ II   EA  
 
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