Vermandovillers Kriegsgräberstätte - German War Cemetery

Historical Information (Volksbund)

There are 22.665 German war graves from the First World War in this cemetery.

 

Vermandovillers D
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4 of the "Richthofen Crew": Hans Weiss /  Hans-Joachim Wolff / Robert Eiserbeck / Edgar Scholtz.

 

Lieutenant Hans Weiss was a World War I German Ace. 16 Aerial Victories. Best known for being a squadron commander in Richthofen's Flying Circus. He was attending the Technische Hochschule in Munich, studying mechanical engineering, when the war broke out, and he volunteered with a Pioneer brigade in early 1915. He attended flight school in Darmstadt and began his active service as an enlisted observer/gunner.

 

In May 1917, after becoming a pilot, he attacked an enemy train and destroyed it, for which he received the Iron Cross First Class and a promotion to Sergeant. He then transferred to fighters in August 1917 and was commissioned in October as a lieutenant, whereupon he joined Jasta 41, where he earned his first 10 victories. That success allowed him to transfer into Jasta 10 in Richthofen's Flying Circus in March, and he then took temporary command of Jasta 11 in the same unit in early April, which position he held until his death. He was killed in action flying his white Fokker Dr 1 triplane (the color being a play on words, as his last name means "white" in English) in combat against two Sopwith Camels, shot down by Canadian ace Merrill Taylor while chasing the second aircraft.

 

Lieutnant Hanns Joachim Wolff was a World War I German flying ace credited with ten aerial victories. Wolff served with FA(A) 216 until 6 July 1917, when he was reassigned to Jagdstaffel 11