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Name: Franz Schleiff
Knight's Cross with Swords of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern
Iron Cross 1st and 2nd class
Franz Schleiff
Country: Germany
Rank: Oberleutnant
Units: FA 54, 300
Jasta 41, 56
Victories: 12
Born: 19 September 1896
Place of Birth: Altchristburg, East Prussia
Died:  
Place of Death:  
 
 
Schleiff joined the German Air Force in July 1915. Highly decorated for service on the Eastern Front and in Palestine, he was sent to the Western Front in October 1917. Schleiff assumed command of Jasta 56 in January 1918. Wounded in action on 27 March 1918, his career as a fighting pilot came to an abrupt end after he was struck in the hand by a tracer bullet. He returned safely to his aerodrome but the wound required the amputation of his left hand. He was recommended for the Blue Max but never received it. Claiming 21 victories, he was only credited with 12 of them.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 11 May 1917 FA 300   Martinsyde G.100 Beersheba
2 25 Jun 1917 FA 300   B.E.12 SE of Kafie
u/c 29 Jun 1917 FA 300   Scout (FTL) Chanjuyis/Khan Yunis
3 06 Dec 1917 1600 Jasta 41   AR2 Butweiler
4 19 Feb 1918 0810 Jasta 56   A.W.F.K.8 SE of Epehy
5 21 Feb 1918 1715 Jasta 56   R.E.8 Havrincourt Wood
6 05 Mar 1918 1655 Jasta 56   R.E.8 (A4748) S of Havrincourt Wood
u/c 10 Mar 1918 1210 Jasta 56   D.H.4 NW of Havrincourt Wood
7 12 Mar 1918 1045 Jasta 56   R.E.8 -or- Bristol F.2b Gozeaucourt
8 13 Mar 1918 1020 Jasta 56   Bristol F.2b S of La Terriere
9 17 Mar 1918 1625 Jasta 56   Bristol F.2b Bruy-Bony
10 22 Mar 1918 1455 Jasta 56   D.H.4 Templeux
11 22 Mar 1918 1440 Jasta 56   Sopwith Camel Verinaux-Vermand
12 24 Mar 1918 1010 Jasta 56   S.E.5a Villers Carbonnel
 
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