Jagdstaffel 16

Jasta 16

The Pfalz D.IIIa of Vizefeldwebel Max Holtzem of Jasta 16

Active
1916–1918

Country
German Empire

Branch
Luftstreitkräfte

Type
Fighter squadron

Engagements
World War I

Royal Bavarian Jagdstaffel 16 was a “hunting group” (i.e., fighter squadron) of the Luftstreitkräfte, the air arm of the Imperial German Army during World War I.

Contents

1 History
2 Commanding officers (Staffelführer)
3 Duty stations (airfields)
4 Notable personnel
5 Aircraft operated
6 References

History[edit]
Royal Bavarian Jagdstaffel 16 was founded from two ad hoc predecessor units — a Bavarian reconnaissance unit, Flieger Abteilung 9, and Kampfeinsitzer-Kommando Ensisheim. These two units were amalgamated on 16 October 1916, while posted in Armee-Abteilung B Sector. Oberleutnant Otto Deßloch commanded this nascent squadron the few days it took to be designated Jagdstaffel 16, on 1 November. By the time it disbanded just two years later, it had established its credentials as a balloon buster squadron, with an even two dozen enemy observation balloons destroyed, as well as 58 victories over enemy aircraft.[1]
Commanding officers (Staffelführer)[edit]

Paul Kremer: 1 November 1916 – 8 July 1917
Heinrich Geigl: 18 July 1917 – 20 August 1917
Robert Dycke: 20 August 1917 – 1 December 1917
Heinrich Geigl: 1 December 1917 – 4 April 1918
Friedrich Ritter von Röth: 8 April 1918 – 9 September 1918
Rudolf Eck: 9 September 1918 – October 1918
Friedrich Ritter von Röth: October 1918 – 11 November 1918[2]
Albert Wilhelm Ferdinand Gröner, 1 November 1916 – 20 July 1917[3]

Duty stations (airfields)[edit]

Ensisheim: 16 October 1916 – 13 April 1917
Habsheim: 13 April 1917 – 6 May 1917
Château-Porcien: 7 May 1917 – 4 June 1917
Spincourt: 6 June 1917 – 20 October 1917
Erlon: 21 October 1917 – 23 November 1917
Mercy-le-Haute: 24 November 1917 – 4 February 1918
Aertrycke: 7 February 1918 – 14 March 1918
Le Cateau: 15 March 1918 – 20 March 1918
Foucaucourt: 21 March 1918 – 6 April 1918
St. Marguerite: 13 April 1918 – October 1918
Scheldewindeke: October 1918 – 11 November 1918[2]

Notable personnel[edit]

Ludwig Hanstein
Karl Odebrett
Otto Kissenberth
Theodor Rumpel[2]

Aircraft operated[edit]

Fokker E.III
Fokker E.IV
Fokker D.I
Fokker D.II
Pfalz D.II
Albatros D.III
Albatros D.V
Fokker Dr.I
Fokker D.VII[1]

References[edit]

^ a b Franks, Bailey & Guest (1993), p. 36.
^ a b c “Jasta 16”. The Aerodrome. 2015. Retr
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