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Otto Kissenberth a visually impaired pilot was one of several German aces who wore glasses during WWI, Bernet and Wintgens being two other notable aces. Born in Landshut, Bavaria in 1893, Kissenberth studied at Grenoble University and completed an engineering degree in Munich. Kissenberth joined the German Air Force in 1914. He was wounded whilst on a sortie over the Vosges Mountains in March 1915. After recovering he joined another Bavarian unit serving in Italy.Kissenberth was credited with his first three victories on 12 October after blunting an Anglo - French bombing raid. He downed two aircraft on his first sortie and another on his next one. A feat worthy of Württemberg's Friedrich Order, Baden's Order of the Zähringer Lion, and the Bavarian Military Merit Order.
Otto Kissenberth - The Bavarian Knight
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Kissenberth most often flew an Albatros D.V with yellow and white Edelweiss painted on its fuselage. Credited with 20 victories his last was scored in a captured Sopwith Camel. Less than two weeks later, on the evening of 29 May 1918, he was seriously injured when he crashed the British fighter. He was awarded the Pour le Merit whilst recovering in hospital. Returning to duty later that year, he served as commanding officer of the Schliessheim flying school until the end of the war. In 1919, Kissenberth was killed in a climbing accident while mountaineering in the Bavarian Alps.