Max Immelmann (1890 – 1916) was the first German WW1 flying ace. He was a great pioneer in fighter aviation He was the first aviator to win the Pour le Merite. His name has become attached to a common flying tactic, the Immelmann turn, and remains a byword in aviation. He is credited with 15 aerial victories. Immelman was shot down in 1916 by a British fighter piloted by Second Lieutenant G.R. McCubbin with Corporal J. H. Waller as the gunner/observer.