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Oberleutnant d. R. / Major d. R. Dr. jur. Otto Christian Schmidt

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Here is flying ace Otto Schimdt, first Beobachter, at last "Flugzeugführer" and leader of the Jasta 5 (20/23 Luftsiege). Here are the decorations I have, please help me out, if I am missing anything, also if you have any WWII decorations, where he fell as Major d. R., or promotion dates:

Eisernes Kreuz (1914), II. und I. Klasse

Abzeichen für Beobachtungsoffiziere aus Flugzeugen (1914)

Militär-Flugzeugführer-Abzeichen (Preußen)

Ehrenbecher für den Sieger im Luftkampf

Königlicher Hausorden von Hohenzollern, Ritterkreuz mit Schwertern im September 1917

... auch zum Pour le Mérite eingereicht, kriegsbedingt – aufgrund des Novemberputsches – kam es jedoch nicht mehr zu einer Verleihung

Verwundetenabzeichen (1918) in Schwarz

Flieger-Erinnerungsabzeichen (1914)

Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer

Otto Christian Schmidt.jpg

Otto Christian Schmidt II.jpg

Otto Christian Schmidt III.jpg

Sorry about the bad quality of the last picture.

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His Bama file mentioned the following awards during WW1,

EKII 13.10.1914, EKI 04.03.1915, BeoAbz 22.07.1916, FzAbz 27.05.1917 and Hohx 01.10.1917. He also received EB and vwAbz but they are not mentioned in the file.


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Not easy with such a common name!


Dr. jur. Otto Schmidt (Landwehrbezirk St. Wendel) was commissioned as a Leutnant d.R. in 2. Rheinisches Husaren-Regiment Nr. 9 with a Patent of 27.1.10. He was transferred to Jäger-Regiment zu Pferde Nr. 12 per order 10 September 1913. I fear finding his wartime promotions would be a very Laborious task!




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Still, that is a great bit of information. Thank you! Do you happen to know if he was a Einjährig-Freiwilliger or or a Dreijährig-Freiwilliger? He became a Dr. jur. 1907, then took over the family business (Schloss-Brauerei AG, 1938 also owner of the Donner-Brauerei AG). He became a Reserveoffizier of the Luftwaffe (maybe even before the war), first Hauptmann d. R., then Major d. R. (sorry, no dates), he fell on 25. July 1944 when bombs of the RAF fell on Stuttgart. He was Kommandeur of a Flak-Abteilung, but I couldn't find out which.

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