Franz Hemer

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Franz Hemer
Nickname(s) Locken
Born 1894
Died 18 October 1982
Frankfurt, Germany
Allegiance Germany
Service/branch Aviation
Rank Leutnant
Unit FA(A) 283, Jasta 6
Awards Royal House Order of Hohenzollern, Iron Cross

Leutnant Franz Hemer was a World War I flying ace credited with 18 aerial victories.[1]

He was originally a talented concert cellist. His long curly blonde hair sparked his nickname of "Locken".[2]

Hemer served with FA(A) 283 before he was posted to Jasta 6 on 10 September 1917. He scored his first victory on 27 October 1917, when he shot down an RE.8. He scored once more in 1917, on 12 November.[3] He was then assigned a Fokker Dr. 1. By the end of March 1918, he became an ace. He scored at least five more victories with the triplane before upgrading to a Fokker D.VII. He scored his last win on 8 August 1918. The following day, he was wounded in action when his Fokker DR.I was shot down during a dogfight with RAF D.H.9s and Sopwith Camels. While convalescing, he was commissioned a leutnant. However, he apparently did not return to flight duty before the war's end.[4]

Sources of information


'Richthofen's Circus': Jagdgeschwader, Issue 1. Greg VanWyngarden. Osprey Publishing, 2004. ISBN 1-84176-726-3, ISBN 978-1-84176-726-0