Hermann Pfeiffer

Hermann Pfeiffer
Born 24 July 1890
Tengen, Baden
Died 20 May 1917
Allegiance German Empire
Service/branch Aviation
Rank Leutnant
Unit FFA 10, AOK3/Jasta 9
Awards Iron Cross First and Second Class, Silver Military Karl-Friedrich Merit Medal, Military Karl-Friedrich Merit Order

Leutnant Hermann Pfeiffer was a World War I flying ace credited with eleven aerial victories.[1][2]

Pfeiffer joined the German army on 1 October 1913. He rose to Unteroffizier in the 114th Bavarian Infantry Regiment. He won an Iron Cross Second Class in May 1915. He then transferred to aviation, and in July, he began pilot training. Once qualified, he was posted to FFA 10, where he was promoted to Vizefeldwebel on 11 July 1916. Later that month, he transferred to FFA 10, which was attached to AOK 3, to fly single-seated Fokker fighters.[1] He came under the command of Kurt Student. Pfeiffer shot down a Caudron on 6 August 1916. Four days later, he received the Iron Cross First Class as a consequence.[3] On 24 August, 2 and 26 September, he shot down a Caudron apiece.[2] On 7 October, AOK 3 morphed into Jasta 9.[1] Pfeiffer continued to shoot down enemy planes, tallying seven more between 10 November 1916 and 14 May 1917.[2] During this stretch, he also received two decorations from his native Baden, as well as being commissioned on 21 November 1916.[1]

On 20 May 1917, Hermann Pfeiffer died during the test flight of a captured Nieuport fighter.[1]

Sources of information

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Above the Lines: The Aces and Fighter Units of the German Air Service, Naval Air Service and Flanders Marine Corps 1914 - 1918. p. 179.
  2. 1 2 3 http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/germany/pfeiffer.php Retrieved on 15 April 2010.
  3. Early German Aces of World War I. p. 69.


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