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The remainder of the commentary is mine, based upon my
readings in this area of study. My goal is to expand the public
understanding of Fritz Kempf's life. He came to my attention because
of the unusual markings on his aircraft. I was, however, unable to find
much information about the pilot who flew the aircraft until I visited the
University's collection. It seems that there are others out there that have
studied his life quite thoroughly as I have seen certain posts on different
forums recently with more information than has heretofore been available.
Contributions of other photographs or commentary would be greatly
Who was Fritz Kempf?
in Freiburg on the 9th of May 1894. He interrupted his engineering studies to fulfill his Einjahrfreiwilliger compulsory military
obligation and at age 19, he joined 5. Badisches-Infanterie Regiment Nr.
the healing process he applied for a transfer to the Luftstreitkraefte arriving at
FEA 3 in
This photograph was
marked "Jasta Schule" at
Hauptmann Martin Zander was the commanding officer of Jasta 1. He had five victories before being transferred to Jagdstaffelschule I at Valenciennes on Nov. 10th 1916. I'm not sure how this fits in to the time line, Kempf should already be at KG IV by the time Zander arrives.
According to OíConnorís book during this time Kempf received a number of awards/promotions for his earlier infantry service and good work in training and other duties. These are: 11-12/?/15 Iron Cross 2nd Class, 1/27/16 promoted to Vizefeldwebel, 5/21/16 received Pilot's Badge, 7/22/16 Baden's Silver Merit Medal, promoted to Leutnant on 9/9/16.
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