Name: Max Immelmann
Date Of Birth: September 21, 1890
Place of Birth: Dresden
Killed In Action: June 18, 1916
Place of Death:
Immelmann and Oswald Boelcke were awarded the Orden Pour le
Mérite (Blue Max) on January 12, 1916. Later that year, Immelmann
was killed in a dogfight with seven British aircraft. His death,
like that of many other aces, was controversial. While the British
credited the pilot of an FE.2b with his loss, the Germans proclaimed
that the synchronized machine gun on his Fokker E.III malfunctioned
and he shot his own propellor off during the heat of battle.
With the introduction of aircraft armed with forward firing
machine guns, Immelmann laid the foundation for single seat fighter
tactics in World War I. Today, Immelmann is best remembered for the
"Immelmann turn," a half-loop followed by a half-roll.