Parachutes in World War 1

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 25th July 1918

Leutnant Josef Raesch

   
 

Josef Raesch of Jagdstaffel 43 was shot down on 25 July 1918, by South African ace Ivan Hind of 40 Squadron flying Sopwith Camel. Raesch used a Heinecke parachute and bailed out of his burning Fokker and sustained minor burn injuries. At the time of his parachute descent Raesh had scored three victories. He went on to score a further four by the end of hostilities.