KOENNECKE, Otto. (1892-1956). Leutnant. Victories = 35. Highest award = Pour le Merité/Blue Max (August 1918. One of only five GAAS recipients of the PLM and the Golden Military Merit Cross*).
Only awarded to non-commissioned officers.
Enlisted as an infantryman in 1911 in Railroad Regiment No. 3.
He learned to fly in 1913 as a non-commissioned officer and became an instructor.
In December 1916, after training in FEA 4, was posted to Jasta 25 in the Balkans and scored his first victory - a Farman (model unknown) - on 1st February 1917.
In April 1917, was transferred to the Western Front flying with Jasta 5.
Koennecke finally received his commission to Leutnant in June 1918.
He always flew a distinctively painted Albatross aircraft with a green fuselage, black and white checkerboard and other markings.
Koennecke survived the Great War.
His final victory was an Airco DH 4 a week before the Armistice.
He went on to become the commander of a Military Flying School in the Second World War.
|Aircraft Manufacturing Co.||Airco DH 4.||2|
|Aircraft Manufacturing Co.||Airco DH 5.||3|
|Aircraft Manufacturing Co.||Airco DH 9.||2|
|Farman Frères.||Farman ?||2|
|Royal Airforce Factory.||RAF FE 2b.||6|
|Royal Airforce Factory.||RAF RE 8.||4|
|Royal Airforce Factory.||RAF SE 5a.||10|
|Société Anonyme des Establissements, Nieuport.||Nieuport Scout||1|
|Sopwith Aviation Co,||Sopwith Camel||4|
|Unidentified two seater enemy aircraft.||1|