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Old 19 February 2006, 07:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Kek Vaux

Looking through the archives there are many references to
KEK VAUX rather than individual German sqds. I believe
that Vaux was some type of castle where German pilots were
billeted. What do the letters KEK stand for, and why the reference
KEK VAUX in the individual pilots scores instead of their Sqd.

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Old 19 February 2006, 08:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Alan

The reference to KEK VAUX etc for individual pilots...is simply wrong interpretion by British/American authors and writers who dont understand the German organization system...
In truth the victories were added in the home units score board...

KEK is one of the shortenings used by the Germans for temporary "units" of one seater pilots from different REAL units...

KEK stands Kampf Einsitzer Kommando = rougly translated to "Fighter one-seater temporary units"...


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Old 19 February 2006, 09:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Kampfeinsitzerkommando (loosely, single-seat fighter unit). The term was used in the days before single-type fighter formations were created; in this instance Vaux was the town from which the particular unit operated. Other locations included Avillers, Bertincourt (where Jasta 1 was created), Douai, Einsisheim, Habsheim, Jametz, Metz, Sivry and Stenay along with KeK Nord and KeK Ost.

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Old 19 February 2006, 10:13 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Early in the war there were several attempts to have singleseaters detail for multi use. Attaching them to two seater units kept them from being used in effective numbers. KEK Vaux was the unit that became Jasta 4. See;

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Alan Peacock:
Kek Vaux got the name from where this unit was located. The unit was based a Chateau Vaux. At various it was equipped with Fok.E.I, Fok.E.III, Fok.E.IV, Pfalz E.II, Pfalz D.IV and the Halb. D.II. KeK Vaux was a detachment of F.Fl.Abt.23. On 25 August 1916, it was disbanded and reformed with the the equipment and personnel as Jagdstaffel 4. Jasta 4 was initially equipped with Halb.D.II aircraft.
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Kek Vaux

Soderbaum, Graeme, Stephen and Dan San,

Many thanks to you all for your explanations about Kek Vaux.
All info. very much appreciated.

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