|Born||19 October 1895|
|Died||17 June 1962(aged 66)|
|Place of birth||Braunetsreid, Kingdom of Bavaria, German Empire|
|Place of death||Battenberg|
|Service/branch||Artillery; flying service|
|Years of service||1914-1918|
|Awards||Military Merit Order, Iron Cross|
Early life and service in artilleryEdit
On 19 October 1895, August Delling was born on a farm at Braunetsreid in northeastern Bavaria. As World War I began, Delling joined the Bavarian artillery service in August 1914. By September, he was an Unteroffizier. On 1 September 1916, he was commissioned as a Leutnant and placed in command of an artillery unit.
World War I aerial serviceEdit
On 25 June 1917, Delling transferred to the Luftstreitkräfte (German Air Service). He underwent pilot's training at the Bavarian Jastaschule 2 in Furth. Upon graduation, on 16 March 1918 he was posted direct to a fighter squadron, Royal Bavarian Jagdstaffel 34. In accordance with German custom, Delling was allowed to mark his own Albatros D.V, serial numbered D.4483/17. Over the basic silvery white of the fuselage went a light red wash from nose to cockpit, with the same red in a wide band around the fuselage. Wings remained standard five-color lozenge camouflage. The tailplane maintained its stock coloring of green and lavender on top, but the undersides were light blue and the rudder was painted white. Delling is also known to have operated a third or fourth hand Fokker Dr.I triplane, though probably without his personal markings.
Between 6 April and 23 June 1918, Delling was credited with five confirmed aerial victories, but denied confirmation on a sixth credited to an anti-aircraft unit. On 3 August 1918, Delling left combat duty with Jasta 34 because of ill health. He would recoup to fly again as an instructor at Bavaria's Fliegerersatz-Abteilung (Replacement Detachment) 2.
Post World War IEdit
Honors and awardsEdit
- Kingdom of Bavaria's Military Merit Order (Fourth Class with Swords)
- Iron Cross Second and First Class.
Sources of informationEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Franks et al 1993 p. 97.
- ↑ Franks 2000, pp. 95-96. Note: An old bullet hole in the reddish band was marked with a cockade and the date 4 April 1918.
- ↑ Franks, VanWyngarden 2001, pp. 86-87.
- ↑ The Aerodrome website's page on Delling http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/germany/delling.php Retrieved 14 January 2013.
- Franks, Norman; Bailey, Frank W.; Guest, Russell. Above the Lines: The Aces and Fighter Units of the German Air Service, Naval Air Service and Flanders Marine Corps, 1914–1918. Grub Street, 1993. ISBN 0-948817-73-9, ISBN 978-0-948817-73-1.
- Franks, Norman. Albatros Aces of World War 1. Part 1 of Albatros Aces of World War I. Osprey Publishing, 2000. ISBN 1-85532-960-3, ISBN 978-1-85532-960-7.
- Norman Franks, Greg VanWyngarden. Fokker Dr I Aces of World War I. Osprey Publishing, 2001. ISBN 1-84176-223-7, ISBN 978-1-84176-223-4.
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