Offizierstellvertreter Leopold Rudolf Reimann was a World War I flying ace credited with five aerial victories.[1]

Leopold Rudolf Reimann
Born7 December 1892
Oberhohnsdorf, Kingdom of Saxony, Germany
Died24 January 1917(1917-01-24) (aged 24)
Valenciennes, France
AllegianceGerman Empire
Service/branchFlying service
Years of service1914-1917
UnitKampfeinsitzerkommando B (Combat Single-Seater Command B);
Jagdstaffel 1 (Fighter Squadron 1);
Jagdstaffel 2 (Fighter Squadron 2),
AwardsIron Cross First and Second Class

Biography edit

See also Aerial victory standards of World War I

A Sopwith Strutter was Reimann's first victim.

Leopold Rudolf Reimann was born at Oberhohnsdorf, Kingdom of Saxony, Germany on 7 December 1892.[2]

Reimann joined a pioneer battalion at the start of World War I, winning an Iron Cross Second Class on 30 August 1914. In Spring 1915, he was wounded in action. In June, he was awarded the Silver Military Order of St. Henry. He then transferred to aviation duty. While his training is unknown, he was posted to fly one of the world's original fighter planes, the Fokker Eindekker, as a member of a pioneering fighter organization, Kampfeinsitzerkommando B (Combat Single-Seater Command B). On 30 June 1916, he was shot down, but survived uninjured. As Kampfeinsitzerkommando B was augmented to become Jagdstaffel 1 (Fighter Squadron 1), Reimann continued to fly for them. He shot down a Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter on 24 August for his first aerial victory. On 1 September, he transferred to the equally new Jagdstaffel 2; on the 10th, he received the First Class Iron Cross. During September and October 1916, he would claim six more aerial victories, four of which were verified. He was wounded during his last successful dogfight on 22 October.[2]

Reimann's assigned aircraft was an Albatros D.III fighter.

On 31 December 1916, Reimann married. Shortly thereafter, he began fighter training at Valenciennes, France. On 24 January 1917, while in flight, his Albatros D.III shed its wings and Reimann fell to his death.[2]

Sources of information edit

  1. ^ The Aerodrome website [1] Retrieved 23 September 2020
  2. ^ a b c Above the Lines: The Aces and Fighter Units of the German Air Service, Naval Air Service and Flanders Marine Corps, 1914–1918, p. 185

References edit

  • Above the Lines: The Aces and Fighter Units of the German Air Service, Naval Air Service and Flanders Marine Corps, 1914–1918. Norman Franks, Frank W. Bailey, Russell Guest. Grub Street, 1993. ISBN 0-948817-73-9, ISBN 978-0-948817-73-1.