Vzfw Rudolf Francke (right) with Vzfw Wilhelm Seitz (left), 1917.
|Unit||Schutzstaffel 17, Jasta 2, Jasta 8|
|Awards||Military Merit Cross|
Francke joined the German Air Service in 1914. He served with Kampfstaffel 41 (Tactical Bomber Squadron 41) until July 1916. The following month he became a pilot. When Kasta 41 became Schutzstaffel 17 (Protection Squadron 17) on 1 January 1917, he continued to fly with it. He was promoted to Vizefeldwebel on 23 March 1917 and briefly transferred to Jasta 2. After his posting to Jagdstaffel 8 (Fighter Squadron 8), he was awarded the Golden Military Merit Cross on 16 May. He scored his first victory on 3 June 1917. By 23 August 1918, he was officially credited with 14 victories, all scored in service with Jasta 8. A 15th claim, scored on 26 September 1918, was not made official although he is shown with 15 kills in Jagdstaffel 8's records. Rudolf Francke was commissioned toward the end of his service, and survived the war.
Sources of information
- http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/germany/francke.php Retrieved 16 January 2010.
- Franks, Bailey, Guest 1993, p. 108.
- Fokker D VII Aces of World War 1, Part 2. Norman Franks, Greg VanWyngarden. Osprey Publishing, 2004. ISBN 1-84176-729-8, ISBN 978-1-84176-729-1.
- Above the Lines: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces of the German Air Service, Naval Air Service, and Flanders Marine Corps, 1914-1918. Norman Franks, Frank Bailey, Russell Guest. Grubb Street, London 1993.
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