The Combat Reports and letters of
Leutnant Karl von Hess
Jasta 2, Luftstreitkräfte
8 Victories, KIA Dec. 12, 1916


        COMBATS IN THE AIR
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No. Jasta 2
Date:  01/09/1916 
Time:  06:00
Type of Aeroplane: Halberstadt DII
Locality:24 km SE of Albert
Pilot:   Lt.Karl von Hess 
Duty:    Escourt
Height:  1500 meters

Result:
No Claims
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Remarks on Hostile Aircraft: Type, etc,


NARRATIVE
We were supposed to escourt a bombing mission but upon reaching the 
rendevous point we were attacked by French Nieuports.  

In the ensuing fight, I was wounded and forced to land on our side 
of the lines.  I did manage to damage two Nieuports, but I have no idea how badly.

Signed 
Ltn, Karl von Hess


--------Letter Home-----------
Date:04/09/1916

Dear Mother,

I hope you and father are well.  I don't know if you've been notified 
yet or not, but I was wounded the other day on my first flight.  It 
was nothing serious, and I should be returned to duty soon.  

We were supposed to be escourting some of our reconnaisance aircraft 
when we were attacked by French Nieuports.  I think I damaged two, 
one appeared to be smoking as it flew away.  But since it made it's 
side of the lines, I'll never know for sure if I got him or not.

I just wanted to let you know that it was not serious, and that you 
shouldn't worry.  Our Jasta Fuehrer, Hauptman Boelcke is very good, 
he has shot down 20 enemy machines himself!!  

I hope to be lucky enough to get one myself.  

Well, I have to go now, the doctor is very strict about when I'm to rest.

Love,

Karl

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        COMBATS IN THE AIR
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No. Jasta 2
Date:  07/09/1916 
Time:  10:00
Type of Aeroplane: Halberstadt DII
Locality:The Trenchline from Arras to Albert
Pilot:   Lt.Karl von Hess 
Duty:    Single Patrol
Height:  1500 meters

Result
[allied balloon] - Decisive.
[allied balloon] - Decisive.

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Remarks on Hostile Aircraft: Type, etc,


NARRATIVE

While making a single patrol over the trench lines I came across two 
allied balloons and shot them both down.

Signed
Ltn. Karl von Hess


AWARD:Iron Cross 2nd Class

------------Letter Home--------

Date:10/09/1916

Dear Mother,

I just wanted to let you know to expect a letter from the Kaiser sometime 
soon, announcing my Iron Cross, 2nd Class!!  

This is for shooting down two Entente balloons.  

Tell Father I hope he's not too mad at me for leaving the Cavalry for the 
new air service, but I think it's working out for the best.

Love,

Karl.


----------Personal Report---
         
No. Jasta 2
Date:  15/09/1916 
Time:  14:00
Pilot:   Lt.Karl von Hess 

NARRATIVE

We were supposed to be on Barrage patrol E. of Arras.  We were attacked 
by British Nieuports, and as they had the better machine, we were all 
shot down.  I was wounded, Hauptman Boelcke was seriously wounded and 
the doctors say he won't fly again.  The other two in my flight were killed.

I certainly hope we get those new machines everyone has been talking about.  
The Halberstadt is a piece of crap!!

-----End Personal report--------




----------Personal Report
     
No. Jasta 2
Date:  27/10/1916 
Time:  17:52
Pilot:   Lt.Karl von Hess 


NARRATIVE

I would dearly LOVE to know what idiot decided we should escort a 
bombing mission at night!! The Hauptman and I were escourting some 
2-seaters on a bombing mission, and I didn't even know the Hauptman 
had been shot down!

To think I went on leave after what happened to Hauptman Boelcke, 
only to come back and have his replacement killed!!

---------End Personal Report---------




        COMBATS IN THE AIR
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No. Jasta 2
Date:  03/11/1916 
Time:  07:00
Type of Aeroplane: Albatros DII
Locality:S of Arras
Pilot:   Lt.Karl von Hess 
Duty:    Barrage Patrol
Height:  2000 meters

Result
BE2c - Decisive.
FE2b - Decisive.

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Remarks on Hostile Aircraft: Type, etc,


NARRATIVE

While on barrage patrol we spotted a flight of British BE-2s.  
I interecpted and shot one down when I apparently struck the pilot.

A short time later, we engaged a flight of French Vickers types and 
the one I fired at caught fire and went down.  The crew Jumped.

Signed

Ltn. Karl von Hess


-----------Letter Home--------
Date 11/11/1916

Dear Mother,

I just wanted to write you let you know I brought down two more of the 
enemy.  That brings my score to 4.  That is HALF of what it took for our 
former commander to get the Pour le Merite!!  I understand though that 
they are considering raising the number of victories needed to get one, 
specially since there are a lot of us who are getting close to the old 
number 8.  

In any event, I hope you and father are well.  And I was wondering if you 
could find Katie's address for me.  I would like to write her, but she 
forgot to give me her address.

Love,

Karl



        COMBATS IN THE AIR
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No. Jasta 2
Date:  09/11/1916 
Time:  11:00
Type of Aeroplane: Halberstadt DII
Locality: 21 km SE of Albert
Pilot:   Lt.Karl von Hess 
Duty:    Barrage patrol
Height:  2000 meters

Result
FE2b - Decisive.

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Remarks on Hostile Aircraft: Type, etc,


NARRATIVE

While on barrage patrol, we spotted a flight of French pusher types 
approaching.  We attacked and I shot one down when it caught fire.

Signed
Ltn. Karl von Hess



        COMBATS IN THE AIR
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No. Jasta 2
Date:  15/11/1916 
Time:  15:00
Type of Aeroplane: 
Locality:          
Pilot:   Lt.Karl von Hess 
Duty:    
Height:  

Result
BE2c - Decisive.
FE2b - Decisive.

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Remarks on Hostile Aircraft: Type, etc,


NARRATIVE

While on barrage patrol between Lens and Arras we spotted a flight of 
BE2's attacking our front.  I engaged and brought one down in flames.  

I next found a flight of FE2's flying east.  I engaged one of those 
also, It too went down in flames.

Signed
Ltn. Karl von Hess

AWARD: Iron Cross, 1st Class

-----Letter Home-----

24/11/1916

Dear Mother,

I got two more the other day, that makes my current score 7.  And, 
Manfred, you remember, the quiet one, he shot down Lanoe Hawker!!  
They say he was Britain's best!!  It was certainly a LONG fight.  
we circled overhead while Manfred took him on alone.  I thought 
we'd run out of fuel first.  

Personally, I'd have been happier if we'd captured him, but he was 
killed by a single bullet to the head.

Oh, I almost forgot, they're giving me the Iron Cross 1st Class now. 

Love,

Karl



        COMBATS IN THE AIR
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No. Jasta 2
Date:  30/11/1916 
Time:  07:00
Type of Aeroplane: Albatros DII
Locality:Between Lens and Arras
Pilot:   Lt.Karl von Hess 
Duty:    Barrage Patrol
Height:  2000 meters

Result
BE2c - Decisive.

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Remarks on Hostile Aircraft: Type, etc,


NARRATIVE


While on barrage patrol between Lens and Arras, we spotted a flight of 
BE2s heading east.  I gave chase and brought one down.  

Unfortunately, right after that, my engine quit for no apparent reason 
and I crashed about 200 meters from where my victim landed.

Signed
Ltn. Karl von Hess



        COMBATS IN THE AIR
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No. Jasta 2
Date:  06/12/1916 
Time:  11:00
Type of Aeroplane: Albatros DII
Locality:Between Arras and Douai
Pilot:   Lt.Karl von Hess 
Duty:    Barrage Patrol
Height:  2000 Meters

Result

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Remarks on Hostile Aircraft: Type, etc,


NARRATIVE

While on barrage patrol, spotted a group of French Nieuport fighters 
and engaged.  In the process, I damaged one heavily I think.  However, 
my engine stalled at low level and I crashed just on our side of the lines.

Signed

Ltn. Karl von Hess



----------Letter Home---

Date:14/12/1916

Dear Mr. and Mrs. von Hess:

It is with heavy heart that I have to tell you you son Karl was killed two 
days ago.  He died when his machine crashed into the ground.  We do not as 
yet know why it happened.  Before the crashed he appeared to be ok.

In any event, I am sending all of his personal effects to you in the next 
few days.  There will be an inquiry into this, but I doubt that much will 
come out of it.

Sincerely

Hauptmann Beck
CO Jasta 2


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