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Updated on March 3, 2014

Germany's Aces of World War I

Josef Jacobs was the 8th highest ace with 48 victories. Lieutenant Josef Karl Peter Jacobs (1894-1978) was one of Germany's leading air aces of the First World War, with 48 enemy aircraft and observation balloon 'kills' to his credit. Born on 15 May 1894 in the Rhineland, Jacobs' interest in nascent aircraft technology led him to enroll in flight school at the age of 18 in 1912. Thus, when war broke out in Europe two years later he promptly signed up with the Germany Army's air service, receiving a posting to FEA9 for training as a military pilot. (From Wikipedia)

Josef Jacobs

Lieutenant Josef Karl Peter Jacobs

Having duly completed his military training Jacobs served for a year as a long-range reconnaissance pilot over Allied lines until, in 1916, he was posted to Fokker Staffel West flying (as the name implies) Fokker E IIIs (he eventually became a leading exponent of Fokker Triplanes). His first 'kill', a French Caudron, was downed in February 1916 but remained unconfirmed for lack of an independent witness.

In October 1916 Jacobs was attached to Jasta 22 at the request of its commander, Erich Honemanns, an old friend, where he initially taught as an instructor until January 1917. In June that year he assumed command of Fighter Squadron 7. After reaching 24 victories Jacobs was awarded the prestigious Pour le Merite; with his aircraft painted black Jacobs' remained instantly recognisable to enemy Allied airmen. His total for the war eventually reached 48 aircraft and balloons.

Desktop Fokker Triplane

This is a great desktop model of the Fokker Dr1 Triplane similar to the one flown by Josef Jacobs

Books About The Great War - Josef Jacobs

World War One in The Air

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Aircraft Flown by Josef Jacobs

Fokker Dr1

What Happened to Josef Jacobs?

After the armistice in November 1918 Jacobs continued to serve in the Baltic against communist forces. He died in 1978.

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Pfalz Aircraft of WWI:

A Centennial Perspective

on Great War Airplanes (Volume 5)

This is the newest book from World War One Author Jack Herris. Illustrations by Bob Pearson and Martin Digmayer, cover art by Aaron Weaver and cover design by Steve Anderson. This new book covers the development of Pfalz aircraft that most of the German Aces of World War One flew. The new book contains 530 photographs, 28 in full color, 81 color profiles, 10 color illustrations, serial number of aircraft. Also aircraft dimensions and performance specs. 1/72 and 1/48 scale drawings are included of 15 Pfalz aircraft types.

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What Do You Know About Josef Jacobs? - WW1 in the Air

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