Jagdstaffel 65

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Jasta 65
Active 1918
Country Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire
Branch Luftstreitkräfte
Type Fighter squadron
Engagements World War I

Royal Prussian Jagdstaffel 65, commonly abbreviated to Jasta 65, was a "hunting group" (i.e., fighter squadron) of the Luftstreitkräfte, the air arm of the Imperial German Army during World War I. The squadron would score 34 aerial victories during the war, including nine observation balloons downed. The unit's victories came at the expense of six pilots killed in action, two wounded in action, and two taken prisoner of war.[1]


Jasta 65 was founded on 23 January 1918. On February 4, it began operations. The new squadron began service with 5 Armee. On 6 May 1918, it was posted to Armee-Abteilung C. It would finish the war with this army.[1]

Commanding officers (Staffelführer)

  • Hellmuth Contag: ca 23 January 1918 - 6 March 1918 (KIA)
  • Arno Benzler: 6 March 1918 - 19 March 1918
  • Otto Fitzner: 19 March 1918 - war's end[1]

Duty stations

  • Stenay, France
  • Mars-la-Tour, France: 6 May 1918
  • Prentin: 15 Jul7 1918
  • Las Baraques: 18 July 1918
  • Marville, France: 16 September 1918
  • La Ferte, France: 6 October 1918
  • Tichémont: 20 October 1918[1]


  • Franks, Norman; Bailey, Frank W. & Guest, Russell F. (1993). Above The Lines: The Aces and Fighter Units of the German Air Service, Naval Air Service, and Flanders Marine Corps, 1914–1918. London, UK: Grub Street. ISBN 978-0-948817-73-1. 
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