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Otto Creutzmann
Born (1892-01-08)January 8, 1892
Died 1943
Place of birth Spickendorf
Allegiance Germany
Service/branch Aviation
Years of service 1914-1918
Rank Leutnant
Unit Kampfgeschwader (Tactical Bombing Wing) 2,
Kampfstaffel (Tactical Bomber Squadron) 23,
Jagdstaffel 20,
Kampfeinsitzerstaffel (Combat Single-seater Squadron) 4,
Jagdstaffel 43
Commands held Jagdstaffel 46
Awards 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

Leutnant Otto Creutzmann was a World War I flying ace credited with eight aerial victories.[1][2]

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).[2]

Aerial service

Creutzmann began his flying service with Kampfgeschwader (Tactical Bombing Wing) 2.[3] 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.[2]

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.[2]

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.[2][4]

Post World War I

Otto Creutzmann died in 1943.[2]

Sources of information

  1. The Aerodrome website page on Creutzmann Retrieved 16 March 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Franks et al 1993 p. 94.
  3. Note: This wing was directly subordinate to the German Supreme Command.
  4. The Aerodrome website's page on Jasta 46 Retrieved 16 March 2010.


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