Xavier Dannhuber

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Xaver Dannhuber
Born 27 January 1891[1]
Gars am Inn, Bavaria[2]
Died Unknown
Allegiance German Empire
Service/branch Imperial German Air Service
Rank Leutnant
Unit Kampfgeschwader (Tactical Bomber Wing) 6, Schutzstaffel (Protection Squadron) 25, Jagdstaffel (Fighter Squadron) 26, Jagdstaffel 79
Commands held Jagdstaffel 79
Awards Royal House Order of Hohenzollern

Lieutenant Xavier Dannhuber was a German World War I flying ace credited with eleven aerial victories.[3][4]


Dannhuber was first assigned to Kagohl 6 and later to SS 25. His next assignment, which was on 1 July 1917, was to fly a fighter for Jagdstaffel 26. He shot down an observation balloon near Vlamertinghe on 12 August 1917 to start his victory string. Five days later he shot down Canadian ace Harold Joslyn and the same day got a second win. On the 21 August he won third time and eventually became an ace on 27 September 1917.[3][4]

On 1 October 1917, he had another victory in which he killed Robert Slolely and eight days later he shot down William Rooper. He scored on each of the two next days, and again on 14 October 1917, to bring his count to ten. On the 18 October Dannhuber took a bullet through his upper arm while being shot down, probably by Andre de Meulemeester, which removed Dannhuber from action until 7 November on which date he returned to action in a different squadron, Jasta 79. Dannhuber ended 1917 by taking command of the jasta in December.[3][4]

He crashed on 11 February 1918, and was taken out of action until he could resume his command on 9 October. Five days later, exactly one year since his last victory, he scored his final triumph by shutting down a new Sopwith Dolphin.[3][4]

Sources of information

  1. ^ Bayerisches Kriegsarchiv, (e. g.) Kriegsrangliste 18145
  2. ^ Bayerisches Kriegsarchiv, (e. g.) Kriegsrangliste 18145
  3. ^ a b c d Above the Lines: The Aces and Fighter Units of the German Air Service, Naval Air Service and Flanders Marine Corps 1914 - 1918. pp. 95–96.
  4. ^ a b c d The Aerodrome website http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/germany/dannhuber.php Retrieved on 13 April 2010.


  • Above the Lines: The Aces and Fighter Units of the German Air Service, Naval Air Service and Flanders Marine Corps 1914 - 1918 Norman L. R. Franks, et al. Grub Street, 1993. ISBN 0-948817-73-9, ISBN 978-0-948817-73-1.
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