Otto Hartmann

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Otto Hartmann
Born 7 February 1889
Nassau, Kingdom of Württemberg, German Empire
Died 3 September 1917 (1917-09-04) (aged 28)
North of Dixmude
Steinback Cemetery, Grave 504 Vladslo, Belgium
Allegiance German Empire
Service/branch Aviation
Years of service 1908 - 1917
Rank Hauptmann
Unit FA 48, Kasta 48, Schusta 3, Jasta 18,
Commands held Jasta 28
Awards Iron Cross (both classes), Kingdom of Württemberg's Medal of Military Merit

Hauptmann Otto Hartmann was a World War I flying ace credited with seven aerial victories.[1][2]

Otto Hartmann was born on 7 February 1889, in Nassau, Kingdom of Württemberg, the German Empire. He entered the Imperial German Army as a cadet on 5 March 1908.[3]

He was in service during early World War I, being twice wounded, on 12 August 1915 and 10 June 1916. During 1916, he became an aerial observer in Flieger-Abteilung (Flier Detachment) 48 of the Luftstreitkräfte. He was promoted to Hauptmann on 6 October 1916. Hartmann won his first aerial victories as an observer, on 22 October and 6 November 1916. He undertook pilot training and was posted to Schutzstaffel (Protection Squadron) 3. On 17 May 1917, he was transferred to Jagdstaffel (fighter squadron) 18. On 6 June 1917, he took command of Jagdstaffel 28 after its Staffelführer, Karl Emil Schafer, was killed in action. Hartmann would score five more aerial victories between 21 June and 21 August 1917.[4]

At 0815 hours 3 September 1917, Otto Hartmann was killed by two bullets through the head while engaging a No.48 Squadron Bristol F.2 Fighter crewed by Lts. Robert Dodds and Thomas Tuffield. Hartmann and his plane fell into the English Channel north of Dixmude, Belgium. Four days later, Hartmann's remains washed up on the Belgian coast. He was buried in grave 504, Steinbach Cemetery, Germany.[5]

During his service to his country, Otto Hartmann was awarded both classes of the Iron Cross and the Kingdom of Württemberg's Medal of Military Merit.[6]

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Sources of information

  1. Retrieved 2 November 2012.
  2. Franks, Bailey, Guest 1993, p. 125.
  3. Franks, Bailey, Guest 1993, p. 124.
  4. Franks, Bailey, Guest 1993, pp. 124 - 125.
  5. Franks, Bailey, Guest 1993, p. 124.
  6. Franks, Bailey, Guest 1993, p. 125.