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Name: Adolf von Tutschek
Orden Pour le Mérite (Blue Max)
Knight's Cross with Swords of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern
Iron Cross 1st class
Knight's Cross of the Military Order of Max-Joseph
Adolf von Tutschek [Thanks to Carsten Kopke at Arrowsoft Verlag]
Country: Germany
Rank: Hauptmann
Units: FA 6
Jasta 2, 12
JG II
Victories: 27
Born: 16 May 1891
Place of Birth: Ingolstadt, Bavaria, Germany
Died: 15 March 1918 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Near Brancourt, France
 
 
After graduating from the Royal Bavarian Cadet School, von Tutschek's joined the 3rd Bayerischen Infantry Regiment in 1910. During the war, he distinguished himself in combat while serving in France and on the Eastern Front. Severely wounded during a gas attack at Verdun (his second wound of the war), von Tutschek was ill for months. When he recovered, he transferred to the German Air Force and after pilot training, served as a two-seater pilot with FA 6. On 25 January 1917, he was assigned to Jasta Boelcke as a scout pilot. Having scored three victories with this unit, he was given command of Jasta 12 on 28 April 1917. On 11 August 1917, von Tutschek was badly wounded in the right shoulder when his black-tailed Albatros D.V was shot down by Charles Booker of 8 Naval Squadron. Out of action for six months, he wrote his memoirs while recovering: Sturme and Luftsiege (Attack and Air Victories). On 1 February 1918, von Tutschek assumed command of Jagdgeschwader II. Mid-morning on 15 March 1918, the triplanes of JG II tangled with the Royal Flying Corps near Brancourt. Tutscheck was killed when his green Fokker DR.I (404/17) was shot down by an S.E.5a flown by South African ace Harold Redler.
 
Opponents
#1 Maximillian Mare-MontembaultEngland
#19 Edward CrundallEngland
#20 John TudhopeCanada
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 06 Mar 1917 1630 Jasta 2   D.H.2 (7882) Beugny
2 31 Mar 1917 0900 Jasta 2   Nieuport NE of Lens
3 06 Apr 1917 0830 Jasta 2   F.E.2d (A22) Anneux
4 30 Apr 1917 0755 Jasta 12   F.E.2d (A6352)  
5 01 May 1917 1140 Jasta 12   Sopwith Pup (N6186)  
6 04 May 1917 2040 Jasta 12   Sopwith Pup (N6207)  
7 11 May 1917 1540 Jasta 12   Sopwith Pup (N6162)  
8 12 May 1917 1050 Jasta 12   Sopwith Pup (A664)  
9 19 May 1917 0905 Jasta 12   Sopwith Triplane (N5461)  
10 20 May 1917 1110 Jasta 12   SPAD VII (B1587)  
11 03 Jul 1917 1030 Jasta 12   Sopwith ?  
12 11 Jul 1917 1815 Jasta 12   R.E.8 or B.E.2  
13 11 Jul 1917 1845 Jasta 12   F.E.2d (A6370)  
14 12 Jul 1917 1800 Jasta 12   Balloon  
15 13 Jul 1917 0800 Jasta 12   Martinsyde G.100 (7123)  
16 15 Jul 1917 2025 Jasta 12   Nieuport 23 (B1575)  
17 21 Jul 1917 2130 Jasta 12   Nieuport 27 (B1694)  
18 23 Jul 1917 1755 Jasta 12   Balloon  
19 28 Jul 1917 0730 Jasta 12   Sopwith Triplane (N5493)  
20 28 Jul 1917 1040 Jasta 12   Nieuport 17 (B1558)  
21 29 Jul 1917 0805 Jasta 12   S.E.5a (A8937)  
22 11 Aug 1917 0910 Jasta 12 Albatros D.V Bristol F.2b (A7169)  
23 11 Aug 1917 1830 Jasta 12 Albatros D.V Bristol F.2b (A7179)  
24 26 Feb 1918 1120 JG II Fokker DR.I SPAD VII (B6732)  
25 01 Mar 1918 0845 JG II Fokker DR.I Balloon  
26 06 Mar 1918 1445 JG II Fokker DR.I S.E.5a (C1057)  
27 10 Mar 1918 1745 JG II Fokker DR.I (404/17) SPAD XIII (Spa86)  
 
Books
Under the Guns of the Kaiser's Aces
by Norman Franks and Hal Giblin, Grub Street, London, 2003
 
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