Jagdstaffel 66

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Jagdstaffel 66
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Fokker D VII of Jagdstaffel 66
Active 1918
Country Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire
Branch Luftstreitkräfte
Type Fighter squadron
Engagements World War I

Royal Prussian Jagdstaffel 66, commonly abbreviated to Jasta 66, 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 over 97 aerial victories during the war, including seven observation balloons downed. The unit's victories came at the expense of five pilots killed in action, one who died in captivity, and two taken prisoner of war.[1]

History

Jasta 66 was founded on 27 January 1918 at Hannover, Germany, at Fliegerersatz-Abteilung ("Replacement Detachment") 5. The new squadron became operational on 5 February. On 12 February 1918, it was attached to 7 Armee. Rudolf Windisch scored the unit's first victory on 15 March 1918. Jasta 66 would serve 7 Armee until the war's end.[1]

Commanding officers (Staffelführer)

Duty stations

  • Saint-Gobert, France: 12 February 1918
  • Norman-le-Wast: 5 March 1918
  • Perles, France: 20 July 1918
  • Sissonne, France: 30 July 1918
  • Boncourt, France: 21 August 1918
  • Plomion, France: 9 October 1918
  • Bourlers: 4 November 1918
  • Sarienne-les-Longue[1]

References

Bibliography
  • 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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