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Name: Josef Raesch
Iron Cross 1st and 2nd Class
Country: Germany
Rank: Leutnant
Units: FA 7
Jasta 43
Victories: 7
Born: 04 June 1897
Place of Birth: Zewen/Trier, Rhineland
Died:  
Place of Death:  
 
 
Raesch enlisted in the army in 1914. At the end of 1917, he transferred from the infantry to the German Air Force. Assigned to Jasta 43 in June 1918, he flew the Fokker D.VII in combat. On 25 July 1918, he was shot down by a Sopwith Camel flown by South African ace Ivan Hind of 40 Squadron. Raesch escaped with only minor burns when he parachuted from the flaming aircraft.
 
Opponents
#4 Ernest HoyCanada
#6 Guy WareingEngland
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 27 Jun 1918 1100 Jasta 43   S.E.5a N of Hantay
2 01 Jul 1918 Jasta 43   Sopwith Camel  
3 08 Jul 1918 Jasta 43   S.E.5a Nieppe Wald
4 28 Sep 1918 1750 Jasta 43   S.E.5a (C1914) E of Ypres
5 26 Oct 1918 Jasta 43   S.E.5a Velennes
6 27 Oct 1918 1030 Jasta 43   S.E.5a (H6762) E of Tournai
7 30 Oct 1918 Jasta 43   EA  
 
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