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Name: Franz Josef Walz
orden pour le mérite (Blue Max)
Knight's Cross of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern
Iron Cross 1st and 2nd class
Franz Walz
Country: Germany
Rank: Hauptmann
Units: FA 304
Jasta 2, 19, 34
Kasta 2
Victories: 7
Born: 04 December 1885
Place of Birth: Speyer, Bavaria
Died: December 1945
Place of Death: Breslau, Silesia

An experienced pilot when the war began, Franz Josef Walz joined the infantry on 15 July 1905 but transferred to the German Air Force in 1912. The "Eagle of Jericho" flew more than 500 sorties on the Western Front and in Palestine during the war. In 1916 he shot down 6 two-seaters before he was wounded in combat on 30 July. On 14 May 1917, he scored his only victory of the year when he shot down an outdated D.H.2 piloted by English ace William Curphey. Despite a low score, he was awarded the Blue Max for his leadership skills in August 1918. The following month, he was forced down and captured by the British. During World War II, he joined the Luftwaffe and attained the rank of Generalleutnant. In 1945, he was captured by the Russians and died in a prison camp.
Bavaria, Germany, WWI Personnel Rosters, 1914-1918
#7 William CurpheyEngland
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 09 Apr 1916 Kasta 2   Caudron Douaumont
2 21 May 1916 Kasta 2   Nieuport  
3 03 Jul 1916 Kasta 2   Bristol Scout (5746) S of Péronne
4 09 Jul 1916 Kasta 2   EA W of Neuville
5 15 Jul 1916 Kasta 2   Caudron W of Somme
6 29 Jul 1916 Kasta 2   EA  
7 14 May 1917 Jasta 2   D.H.2 (A2622) N of Severin Ferme
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