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Formed: 24 June 1917
Mobilized: 26 June 1917
Insignia:  
Aces:    
Victories:   Claimed
644 Confirmed
Losses:   Killed in Action (KIA)
  Killed in Flying Accident (KIFA)
  Wounded in Action (WIA)
  Prisoners of War (POW)
 
With the combined strength of about fifty aircraft from four Jastas, JG I was the first fighter wing in the German Air Force (Luftstreitkräfte). To most German airmen it was known as Geschwader Richthofen. To many of its opponents it was called "Richthofen's Flying Circus." In either case, the name honored JG I's first commander, Manfred von Richthofen who was killed in action on 21 April 1918. With his death, JG I was renamed Jagdgeschwader Freiherr von Richthofen I by order of the Kaiser.
 
Jastas Aircraft COs Aerodromes
1 Jasta 4
2 Jasta 6
3 Jasta 10
4 Jasta 11
1 Albatros D.III
2 Fokker D.VII
1 Rittm Manfred von Richthofen (KIA)
26 Jul 1917 - 21 Apr 1918
2 Hptm Wilhelm Reinhard (KIFA)
22 Apr 1918 - 3 Jul 1918
3 Obltn Hermann Göring
8 Jul 1918 - 11 Nov 1918
 
 
Books
Richthofen's Circus: Jagdgeschwader Nr 1
     by Greg VanWyngarden / Paperback / Osprey Publishing 2004
 
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