Re: Jacobs bios

Matt Bittner (
Mon, 4 Dec 1995 08:09:26 -0500

On 4 Dec 95 at 13:31, typed diligently:

> I have the well known biographies of MvR and Udet, but all I have about
> Jacobs is a couple of short magazine articles. Do YOU know of any lengthy
> bio of Jacobs, or failing that, how about the fruits of your database
> regarding periodical articles about the great man?

Well, this will tie up some bandwidth, so beware. The only thing I
know I'm missing is his entry in _Above the Trenches_. I also
don't have the original Datafile, so I don't know if there's anything
in there. I've also had personal discussions with Greg Van Wyngarden,
Dan San Abbott and Stephen Lawson - but have excluded those
discussions from the following list. You see a lot from Stephen
Lawson because he is in possesion of Jacobs' diary, and is in the
process of translating it. The Puglisi article in the "USA" C&C got
the ball rolling, and was the first (and upto the S.L. articles the
only) translation of Jacobs' diary.

Jacobs was one of the more unique in recording his "kills". He
actually carried a bar-o-gram with him (an altitude device) and noted
what altitude he was at when he scored the "kill". He also has (I
believe) most of the "kill confirmation letters" from people on the
ground in his diary. He was also (I believe) the longest living high
scoring German ace. I think he died in either 1961 or 1962. Here's
the list:

Imrie, Alex. The Fokker Triplane. Arms and Armour Press,
Villiers House, 41-47 Strand, London. Pages 75, 79, 105 and

Rimmell, Ray, ed. Fokker Dr.I A Windsock Datafile Special.
Albatros Productions, Ltd., 10 Long View, Chiltern Park
Estate, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. Pages 11 and 13.

Lawson, Stephen T. Jagdstaffel 22 Through the Eyes of
"Kobes", Over the Front, Vol. 7 No. 4, Winter 1992.

Lawson, Stephen T. "Kobes" in FokkerStaffel-West, Over the
Front, Vol. 9 No. 4, Winter 1994.

Lawson, Stephen T. Jasta 7 Under "Kobes", Cross & Cockade
International Journal, Vol. 25 No. 2.

Lawson, Stephen T. Jasta 7 Under "Kobes", Cross & Cockade
International Journal, Vol. 25 No. 3.

O'Conner, Neal (?). Aviation Awards of Imperial Germany in
World War I and the Men who Earned Them Volume II.

Puglisi, Cross & Cockade, Vol. 6 No. 4.


Matthew Bittner WW1 Modeler, ecto subscriber, semi-new dad, PowerBuilder developer; Omaha, Nebraska
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