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Name: Wilhelm "Willi" Reinhard
Knight's Cross with Swords of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern
Iron Cross 1st and 2nd class
Wilhelm Reinhard
Country: Germany
Rank: Hauptmann
Units: FA 28
FA(A) 205
Jasta 6, 11
JG I
Victories: 20
Born: 12 March 1891
Place of Birth: Düsseldorf
Died: 03 July 1918 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death: Adlersdorf, near Berlin
Cemetery: Düsseldorf
 
 
Reinhard entered the army in 1909. When the war began, he served with an artillery regiment on the Western Front. Badly wounded in November 1914, he did not return to the front until June 1915. After completing flight training, he was wounded for the second time in December 1915. Returning to duty in February 1916, he served with FA(A) 205 before being assigned to FA 28 in the Balkans. In 1917, Reinhard attended Jastaschule and was assigned to Jasta 11 on 24 June 1917. Scoring his first victory on the morning of 22 July 1917, he shot down English ace Geoffrey Cock over Warneton. On the morning of 4 September 1917, he was wounded in action for the third time. After recovering from his wounds, he assumed command of Jasta 6 on 26 November 1917. With the death of Manfred von Richthofen, Reinhard assumed command of JG I on 22 April 1918. In July 1918, he attended the aircraft trials near Adlersdorf. After Hermann Göring finished test flying a Zeppelin-Lindau D.I, Reinhard took it up for a test flight but was killed when a strut broke and the top wing collapsed.
 
Opponents
#1 Geoffrey CockEngland
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 22 Jul 1917 1130 Jasta 11   Sopwith 1½ Strutter (B2576) Warneton
2 13 Aug 1917 1045 Jasta 11   Sopwith 1½ Strutter Grotenmolen
3 14 Aug 1917 1040 Jasta 11   R.E.8 (B3406) Boesinghe
4 14 Aug 1917 1045 Jasta 11   SPAD N of Boesinghe
5 26 Aug 1917 1005 Jasta 11   R.E.8 (A4390) Bixschoote
6 01 Sep 1917 0815 Jasta 11   Sopwith Camel Zonnebeke
7 04 Jan 1918 1220 Jasta 6   Bristol F.2b S of Niergnies
8 16 Feb 1918 1345 Jasta 6   Bristol F.2b W of St. Quentin
9 18 Mar 1918 1105 Jasta 6   D.H.4 St. Souplet
10 27 Mar 1918 1140 Jasta 6   R.E.8 S of Morcourt
11 01 Apr 1918 1305 Jasta 6   S.E.5a Martinpuich
12 12 Apr 1918 1330 Jasta 6   SPAD N of Roye
13 09 May 1918 2000 JG I   Sopwith Camel W of Morlancourt
14 31 May 1918 1945 JG I   SPAD 2 Bonneserle
15 02 Jun 1918 1745 JG I   SPAD 2 S of Bonnes
16 02 Jun 1918 2030 JG I   Bréguet 14 Buisson-de-Borny
17 02 Jun 1918 2100 JG I   SPAD 2 La Ferté Milon
18 04 Jun 1918 1725 JG I   SPAD 2 Dammard
19 09 Jun 1918 0900 JG I   SPAD Dommieres
20 12 Jun 1918 JG I   SPAD 2  
 
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