17 December 1916 – Jasta Boelcke

The weather on the Western Front has curtailed flying almost completely. The Germans took the time to make an important announcement.

Jasta 2, formerly commanded by Hauptmann Oswald Boelcke who was killed on 28 October 1916, has been renamed.

In honour of their former commander, the unit has been renamed Jasta Boelcke.

Oberleutnant Stefan Kirmaier took brief control following Boelcke’s death but was killed under a month later on 22 November.

Following Kirmaier’s death, Hauptmann Franz Walz transferred over from Jasta 29 and is now in command.

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