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Old 15 June 2005, 10:06 AM   #1
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Twins in the Air Service?

Hi all,

I have seen in an earlier post by Soderbaum that there were twins named Oskar and Oswald von dem Hagen in the German Air Service during WW1.

Does anyone know of any other twins that served as pilots or observers in the air war during WW1?

I am understandably curious, being a twin myself.
Thanks in advance.
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Old 15 June 2005, 11:35 AM   #2
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for the french aeronautique teh most famous twin were certainly the Navarre Brother

I will go to Jean biography but Pierre was also a fighter pilot on mars 16 he get the Medaille militaire for having forced to land a german plane while being injuried. he was send to Jean unit N67 but before being in the unit he was killed in an accident in november 16 (Jean get crazy after that)
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Old 15 June 2005, 12:33 PM   #3
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Anton and Johann Dierle

Hi MattyBoy,

Neal O'Connor's "Aviation Awards of Imperial Grmany" Vol. VI contains the history of Offizier-Stellvertreters Anton and Johann Dierle, twins from Baden whose careers paralleled each other's remarkably. They entered the army together, transferred to the Fliegertruppe simultaneously, and both were posted to Kampfstaffel 11 of Kampgfgeschwader 2.They were both given the Silver Karl Friedrich Military Merit Medal on 8 December 1916. Anton then joined Jasta 24 as a fighter pilot on 21 December, followed by Johann on 17 February 1917. Anton scored his first victory on 9 March '17. On 4 May , Anton and Johann both engaged 4 Caudrons escorted by a Nieuport. Though one of the Caudrons was observed to go into a long glide, neither brother received confirmation of a victory. The very next day-5 May -Anton's Albatros D.III was set aflame during a combat, and he either jumped or fell out of the burning aircraft at 200 meters and died. On 1 July Johann (who had been unable to score a single victory) was transferred to Fl. Abt. 7, then went on to Kest 4b as a home defense fighter pilot. On 29 July 1918, he attacked some French planes that were returning from a raid on Oberndorf and he, too, died when his plane fell in flames.

You can find much more, as well as photos, in Neal's book.

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Old 15 June 2005, 02:15 PM   #4
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Gabriel twins

There are also the Gabriel twins in the german air service.

One of them was either killed or captured in 17`flying two seaters. Willy, the second, was sent to JG1 in April 1918. He scored 11 kills i beleive, before sent away by Goering in July for desobeying orders.

Pardon the lack of details but im writing from sure most of you know what im talking about.

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G'day All,

Although not fitting into this threads guidelines of pilot or observer my great uncles William and Hector Lord both served with the Australian Half Flight in Mesopotamia. William was captured at Kut and died as a POW, while Hector went onto serve with 1 AFC and passed away in the 1950's.

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Hi all,

Thanks for the info.
An interesting thread!

Grégoire, I never even realised that Jean had a twin borther! (Must show what an amateur I am).
Greg - Thanks for the info about the Dierle brothers - shame that both died during the war - what a terrible loss.
Thanks Joao and Andrew. It does not really matter in what capacity they served.

I did not realise that there were actual aces who were twins!
Thanks again.
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