Hermann Köhl (1888 - 1938)

Startvorbereitung des Flugzeugs Junkers W 33 "Bremen" (Kennung D-1167) mit Hauptmann Hermann Köhl, Ehrenfried Günther Freiherr von Hünefeld und James Fitzmaurice für Atlantiküberquerung
Hermann Köhl, Ehrenfried Günther Freiherr von Hünefeld and James Fitzmaurice (source: Bundesarchiv, picture 102-05719, photographer: Georg Pahl, licence CC-BY-SA 3.0)
 

Hermann Köhl (1888–1938) was a pioneering German aviator. He worked as a military pilot in the First World War before becoming Head of the Night Flight Branch for Luft Hansa at Tempelhof airfield. His greatest moment came in 1928, when Köhl became the first pilot to cross the Atlantic from east to west in an engine-powered plane, flying the Junker W 33 Bremen. It took him 37 hours to reach the coast of Canada. Köhl was awarded the highest American honour for pilots – the Distinguished Flying Cross – for the transatlantic flight.