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A summary of the research about

Johann Janzen

ROYAL PRUSSIAN JAGDSTAFFEL

Jasta 6

 

 

 

 

Johann Janzen

Janzen transferred to the German Air Force on 4 May 1916. After training with FEA 3 and Kasta 12, he was assigned to Jasta 23 on 28 November 1916. He scored his first victory with this unit before being reassigned to Jasta 6 on 16 October 1917. After scoring 3 more victories, he assumed command of Jasta 4 on 28 March 1918. A week later, he returned to Jasta 6 as the new CO, replacing Wilhelm Reinhard who was given command of JG I. Scoring his 5th victory on 4 May 1918, Janzen's Fokker DR.I was shot down five days later by a member of 209 Squadron. He survived the crash and scored 8 more victories before he was shot down again on 9 June 1918. On this occasion, the interrupter gear on his triplane malfunctioned during a dogfight with a SPAD and he shot off his own propellor. Janzen was captured and remained a prisoner until the end of the war.

Picture 1, Johann Janzen

 

Profile

 

Name:

Johann Janzen

Country:

Germany

Rank:

Leutnant

Units:

FEA 3
Jasta 4, 6, 23
Kasta 12

Victories:

13

Born:

21 May 1896

Place of Birth:

Fronza, West Prussia

Died:

1980s

Place of Death:

 

Table 1, Profile of Johann Janzen


Victories

 

Date

Time
Unit

Opponent

Location

1

25. Feb 17

1135

Jasta 23

Farman

Loupmont

2

30. Nov 17

1545

Jasta 6

Sopwith Camel

SW of Marcoing

3

10 Dec 1917

1320

Jasta 6

S.E.5a

SE of Gonnelieu

4

27 Mar 1918

920

Jasta 6

R.E.8

S of d'Aveluy Wood

5

04 May 1918

1955

Jasta 6

SPAD

S of Etinehem

6

15 May 1918

1250

Jasta 6

D.H.4

N of Hamel

7

17 May 1918

1115

Jasta 6

Breguet 14

E of Cachy

8

20 May 1918

930

Jasta 6

Sopwith Dolphin

Hamel

9

30 May 1918

1030

Jasta 6

SPAD

Beauvardes

10

02. Jun 18

1720

Jasta 6

SPAD 2

W of Ploisy

11

05. Jun 18

1140

Jasta 6

SPAD

Vierzy

12

05. Jun 18

2025

Jasta 6

SPAD

La Ferte Milon

13

07. Jun 18

705

Jasta 6

SPAD

E of Villers Cotterets

Table 2, Airvictories of Johann Janzen

 

 

Colorscheme of Janzens Fokker Dr. I

 

 

Picture 2, Fokker Dr. I Jast 6; JG 1 of Johann Janzen

 

Royal Prussian Jagdstaffel 6

Created in the field 25 August 1916, by Kriegs Ministerium von 31.8.16- Nr.929.16 g.A.7.L. u. AOK 5 v.25.8.16 Ia. 2394, from Fokkerstaffel Sivry, under the command of Rittmeister Josef Wulff from KG5. Due to enemy artillery fire a move was made from Sivry to Jametz still in the 5 Armee Sector. Then on 30 September Jasta 6 was transferred to the 2 Armee.

The first pilot to register a victory with the Jasta was Vizefeldwebel Christian Kress on 20 October. On 20 March 1917, a move was made to the 4 Armee Sector. Then on 5 July Jasta 6 was assigned to Jagdgeschwader I, with Jastas 4, 10 and 11, under the command of Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen. Rittmeister Wulff, who had scored twice, was assigned to Stofi Heimat on 1 May 1917, and command of the Jasta passed to Leutnant Otto Bernert (23 victories) from Jasta Boelcke, but on 9 June, after having scored three more victories, he returned to Jasta Boelcke as Commanding Officer, and command of Jasta 6 passed to Oberleutnant Eduard Dostler (eight victories) from Jasta 34. Vizefeldwebel Fritz Krebs became the Jasta's first pilot to gain five victories on 17 June. Oberleutnant Dostler, who had raised his score to 26, was killed in combat with a RE8 on 21 August near Ypern, and the next day Leutnant Hans Adam (12 victories) assumed command. 

The bad luck of the commanding officers continued and on 15 November Adam, who had scored his 21st victory on 6 November, was killed north-west of Kortewilde at 0920 hours flying Albatros DV 5222/17. Oberleutnant Wilhelm Reinhard (six victories) from Jasta 11 took over command, and the Jasta moved to the 2 Armee Front on 21 November. On 6 April 1918, the Jasta registered its I 100th victory. Hauptmann Reinhard was assigned as commander of Jagdgeschwader I following the death of Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen on 21 April 1918, and Leutnant Johann Janzen (four victories) assumed command of Jasta 6.

 

Picture 3, Janzen of Jasta 6 with his Fokker Dr.1

By 16 May Jasta 6 had been re-equipped with the Fokker D.VII, and on 21 May the unit moved to the 7 Armee Sector. Janzen was shot down and taken prisoner on 9 June after having scored his 13th victory two days before. Another Jasta 6 pilot, Leutnant Hans Kirschstein (24 victories), took over command, and added three more to his score, but on i6 July he and Leutnant Johannes Markgraf were killed in an accident flying a Hannover CLIII at Magneux, near Fismes. The command of Jasta 6 passed  to Leutnant Paul Wenzel (six victories). Jasta 6 was equipped with the Fokker DVIII monoplane on 5 August, and on 10 August the unit moved to the 2 Armee Sector.

Picture 4, Oblt. Loewenhardt of Jasta 10 testing one of Jasta 6's Fokker D.VIII's

Wenzel was severely wounded on  II August, after gaining his tenth victory two days earlier. Leutnant Richard Wenzl (six victories) took over the reins of the Jasta. The Fokker D.VIIIs were grounded by Kogenluft on 19 August and Jasta  was re-equipped with the Fokker D.VII. On 1 September Leutnant Ulrich Neckel (24 victories) from Jasta 19 reported to take command until the end of the war. JGI was moved from the 2 Armee to Armee-Abteilung 'C' on 27 September, remaining until 8 October when it was assigned to the 5 Armee Front for the rest of the war. Jasta 6 received credit for at least 201 victories, while suffering the loss of ten pilots killed, two killed and four injured in accidents, three taken prisoner, and nine wounded.

Taken from "The Jasta Pilots" by Norman Franks, Frank Bailey, and Rick Diuven.

 

Jasta 6 Summary

Kingdom:

Prussia

Formed:

25 August 1916

Mobilized:

25 August 1916

Insignia:

Black and white striped tail

Aces:

18

 

Victories:

201

 

Losses:

10

Killed in Action (KIA)

2

Killed in Flying Accident (KIFA)

4

Injured in Flying Accidents (IIFA)

9

Wounded in Action (WIA)

3

Prisoners of War (POW)

Table 3, Summary of Jasta 6

 

Aces and COs

Jagdstaffel 6's first victory was scored by Christian Kress on 20 October 1916 while Fritz Krebs became the unit's first ace on 17 June 1917.

Aces

 

COs

 

1

Josef Wulff

28 Aug 1916 - 1 May 1917

2

Fritz Otto Bernert

1 May 1917 - 9 Jun 1917

3

Eduard von Dostler (KIA)

11 Jun 1917 - 21 Aug 1917

4

Hans von Adam (KIA)

22 Aug 1917 - 15 Nov 1917

5

Wilhelm Reinhard

26 Nov 1917 - 22 Apr 1918

6

Johann Janzen (POW)

28 Apr 1918 - 9 Jun 1918

7

Hans Kirschstein (IIFA)

10 Jun 1918 - 16 Jul 1918

8

Paul Wenzel (WIA)

19 Jul 1918 - 11 Aug 1918

9

Richard Wenzl

11 Aug 1918 - 1 Sep 1918

10

Ulrich Neckel

1 Sep 1918 - 11 Nov 1918

 

Table 4, Aces and CO’s of Jasta 6

 

Aircraft and Aerodromes

Aircraft

 

Aerodromes

 

1

Sivry

2

Jametz

3

Ugny le Quipée

4

Aulnoye

5

Bisseghem-Courtrai

6

Marckebeke

7

Lieu St. Armand

8

Bouchain

9

Awoingt

10

Lechelle

11

Harbonnières, Proyart

12

Cappy

13

Lomme, Lille

14

Guise

15

Puisieux Ferme

16

Begneux

17

Monthussart Ferme

18

Puisieux Ferme

19

Ennemain

20

Bernes

21

N of Busignyh

22

Metz-Frescaty

23

Marville

24

Tellancourt

Table 5, Aircraft and Aerodromes Summary of Jasta 6

 

Map of aeria Verdun

Picture 5, Victory #1 of Johann Janzen and Airfields from Jasta 6

 

Map of aeria Somme

 

Picture 6, Victories #2 to #13 of Johann Janzen

 

Suplementary material

 

Picture 8, Johann Janzen Portrait

Johann Janzen , Ltn der Reserve

He served with:

·         KG2/12 in August 1916,

·         J23 28.11.1916-16.10.1917

·         J6 16.10.1917 - 28.03.1918

·         CO J4 28.03.1918 - 28.04.1918

·         CO J6 28.04.1918-09.06.1918 until he became a POW

 

Referencies and Links

the following material and links have been used to build this site:

Books:

Fokker Dr.I Triplane:

Legend of the Western Front

by Paul Leaman

Classic Publications (September 2003)

 

Richthofen's Circus

by G. v. Wyngarden

Osprey Publishing 2004

Internet recources:

http://www.fokkerdr1.com/Profiles/Profile%20SB13.htm

http://www.fokkerdr1.com/Profile_STEFAN%20BASTEK.htm

http://www.frontflieger.de/2-j06.html

http://members.aol.com/jasta6/j6hist.htm

http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/germany/janzen.html

 

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