|Born||January 8, 1892|
|Place of birth||Spickendorf|
|Years of service||1914-1918|
Kampfgeschwader (Tactical Bombing Wing) 2,|
Kampfstaffel (Tactical Bomber Squadron) 23,
Kampfeinsitzerstaffel (Combat Single-seater Squadron) 4,
|Commands held||Jagdstaffel 46|
Iron Cross Second and First Classes,|
Kingdom of Saxony's Albert Order (Knight Second Class)
Knight's Cross of the Military Order of Saint Henry
Early life and ground service
Otto Creutzmann was born in Spickendorf Halle an der Salle on 8 January 1892. He joined the German army in 1914, as World War I began. He saw ground combat until June 1915, when he was wounded by shellfire. He then joined the Die Fliegertruppen des deutschen Kaiserreiches (Imperial German Air Service).
Creutzmann began his flying service with Kampfgeschwader (Tactical Bombing Wing) 2. He transferred to Staffel 33, then moved on to Kampfstaffel (Tactical Bomber Squadron) 23 of Kampfgeschwader (Tactical Bombing Wing) 4. One of Creutzmann's observers in this assignment was Lothar von Richthofen. Creutzmann was awarded the Kingdom of Saxony's Albert Order on 1 December 1916.
On 6 February 1917, he transferred to Jagdstaffel 20. On 11 July 1917, he shot down an Airco DH.4 from No. 57 Squadron RFC over Ledgehem, Belgium for his first aerial victory. On 12 August 1917, he was forwarded to Kampfeinsitzerstaffel (Combat Single-seater Squadron) 4.
On 20 February 1918, Creutzmann transferred yet again, to Jagdstaffel 43. He suffered a slight wound in May. He stayed until 13 June, upgrading to flying a Fokker Dr.I Triplane while with the squadron. He was then promoted to command as a Staffelführer, and scored his last three victories while commanding Royal Prussian Jagdstaffel 46. On 19 July 1918, he was presented the Military Order of St. Henry. He headed Jasta 46 until the end of the war.
Post World War I
Otto Creutzmann died in 1943.
Sources of information
- The Aerodrome website page on Creutzmann http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/germany/creutzmann.php Retrieved 16 March 2010.
- Franks et al 1993 p. 94.
- Note: This wing was directly subordinate to the German Supreme Command.
- The Aerodrome website's page on Jasta 46 http://www.theaerodrome.com/services/germany/jasta/jasta46.php Retrieved 16 March 2010.
- Franks, Norman; Bailey, Frank W.; Guest, Russell. Above the Lines: The Aces and Fighter Units of the German Air Service, Naval Air Service and Flanders Marine Corps, 1914–1918. Grub Street, 1993. ISBN 0-948817-73-9, ISBN 978-0-948817-73-1.
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