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Hauptmann Alfred Keller - Kagohl I

 
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BerichtGeplaatst: 04 Nov 2007 12:54    Onderwerp: Hauptmann Alfred Keller - Kagohl I Reageer met quote

In April 1917 the unit got a new commanding officer, Hauptmann Alfred Keller, who also introduced new night bombing techniques to the unit as he came from Flieger Abteilung 40, also known as Nachtflieger Abteilung I. He would get known as Eiserne Keller or Iron Keller.
Keller was born at Bochum, Westfalen on the 19th September 1882, and was the son of a tax collector. High school was finished at Schalke and after graduating he went to the army as a cadet on the 22 November 1902 and then in the Pioneer Batt. 17 at Thorn on the 4th or 5th April 1902. In 1903, August 18th he became Leutnant and in 1911, August 18th Oberleutnant. He served in this unit as a Fahnenjunker and later as company officer. In 1912 he was transferred to the Engineer Inspectorate and admitted to fortifications in Wilhelmshaven and he also would get training as a flying observer at Metz and the next year was to get his pilot training at the school at Niederneuendorf. Once completed he was transferred to Flugstation Darmstadt. When war broke out he went to the front and was promoted to the rank of Hauptmann on the 8th October 1914 and with the command of Flieger Abteilung 27. About a year later he was CO of the AFP 5 and of AFP 1 and afterwards of Feldflieger Abteilung 40 a unit which would also be known as the Night Flying Unit 1.
Keller would know a very succesfull career with the Kagohl I unit and afterwards. During attacks on Dunkirk, no less then 100.000 kg of bombs would be dropped, (which would get him the Koniglichen Hausorden von Hohenzollern mit Schwertern) and another 300.000 would follow on diverse enemy targets before the end of the war.
After the war Major Keller left military service and would become one of the leading figures in the Deutsch Luftrederei (airship transports) and many other positions followed in the civilian airservice such as Junkers air shipping company, Danzig air mail, Verkehrsfliegerschule Staaken and Braunschweig. On the 1st of January 1934 he reentered military service and the first month he was with the Pionier Batt. 2 as an Oberst. He was also detached to the Reichs Luftministerium and continued as leader of the Verkehrsfliegerschule at Braunschweig. Hermann GŲring would finally ask him to rejoin the air service for the newly formed Luftwaffe and he was transferred from army to Luftwaffe to the Reichs Luftministerium, on May 1st was appointed CO of the 1 Flieger Division and became CO of another bomberunit, Kampfgeschwader 154 on the 1st of July, being at the same time CO of the military airfield Fassberg. On the 1st April 1935 he was Higher air commander in luftkreis IV Already in April 1936 he became a Generalmajor ond the 1st October 1937 became officer for special duties with the Reichs Flugministerium and commander in chief of the Luftwaffe. On the 1st November 1937, and for two months he was delegated with temporary duty os the CO in Luftkreis 1. then CO in Luftkreis 2 and on the 1st of February 1938 Generalleutnant and on the 1st August CO, general of the East Prussian Luftwaffe. In 39, 1st of February he became CO of the 4th Fliegerdivision and would be active with this unit in the early days of WW II the Netherlands, Belgium and partially in France, being awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross on the 24th June 1940. In July he was promoted to Generaloberst and became CO in chief of Luftflotte 1 in Berlin (20 August 1940) and on the Russian Front as commander east. Later he would become responsible for the National Socialistisches Flugkorps (26 June 1943) which was responsible for the training of new pilots etc. On the 8th May 1945 he was taken POW near LŁbeck as commanding general of the Luftwaffe anti-tank service. He would remain a POW until 1947. Unfortunately we have nothing on his further career after WW II but we know that he died on the 11th February 1974 at Berlin.
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BerichtGeplaatst: 04 Nov 2007 12:55    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Kan er mij iemand helpen deze tekst aan te vullen ? Ik ben in het bijzonder op zoek naar info over zijn levensloop na de Tweede Wereldoorlog. Ook alle ander info is natuurlijk welkom.
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BerichtGeplaatst: 11 Nov 2007 10:32    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

hoi johan met dank aan enkele engelstalige vriendjes Wink

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