Ltn. Wilhelm Leusch, CO of Jasta 19, Trier, Germany, October 1918
A native of Neuss in North Rhine-Westphalia, Leusch was born on October 15th, 1892 and joined the German Air Force in
October 1914, initially flying two seat aircraft. In April 1917, he was transferred to Jasta 19 from Jasta 13, later replacing
the seriously injured unit CO von Beaulieu-Marconay on October 18th, 1918. Ltn. Leusch achieved a total of five kills, the last
three coming during the final weeks of the war. He died on August 14th, 1921 in a gliding accident.
The aircraft, produced at Ostdeutsche Albatros Werke, had the fuselage and wings covered in a five-colour Lozenge pattern. After delivery to Jasta 19, it was modified correspondingly to other aircraft of the unit, receiving a dark blue fuselage
and a yellow nose. The dragon on the fuselage was the pilot‘s personal marking.
INFO Eduard - May 2019