|Born||June 4, 1886|
|Died||18 September 1968(aged 82)|
|Place of birth||Bad Oeynhausen|
|Years of service||1914 - 1918|
|Unit||FA 67, Jasta 14, Jasta 24|
|Awards||Military Merit Cross, Iron Cross, Silver Wound Badge|
Friedrich Altemeier (born 4 June 1886 in Niederbecksen (today Bad Oeynhausen), died 18 September 1968) was a World War I fighter ace credited with 21 victories. Due to his distinguished faithful military service and piloting skills, he became one of the test pilots for Germany's last and best fighter airplane of the war, the Fokker D.VIII.
Early life[edit | edit source]
Early military service[edit | edit source]
On 11 August 1915, he transferred to aerial service. After training at Posen, he served first with FA 67, then with Royal Prussian Jasta 14. He then transferred to Royal Saxon Jasta 24 on the Western Front on 1 December 1916.
Aerial victories[edit | edit source]
Altermeier was promoted to Vizfeldwebel on 13 February 1917. He opened his score with his new squadron on 3 March 1917. He used twin-gunned Albatros D.III fighters, often emblazoned with the triple rings of the Krupp Works, to down a Nieuport 17. Four months later, he began to score again, downing a RNAS Sopwith Triplane on 7 July and a Spad VII five days later. Then, on 17 August, he shot a double and became an ace.
He triumphed four more times in September, with his last in this string coming on the 26th. He was then wounded, and did not score again that year.
He tallied another win in February, followed by three in March. He then went on hiatus until August, when he scored twice. He had two confirmed victories and one unconfirmed in both September and October. His final victory, on 10 November, the day before the armistice, was his 21st and the jasta's 91st and final one. He and his Staffelfuehrer, Heinrich Kroll, had accounted for half the wins scored by their squadron.
He was awarded the enlisted man's equivalent to the Blue Max, the Military Merit Cross, on 11 April 1918. He was also awarded the Silver Wound Badge, as he had been wounded three times. He also received the Iron Cross.
Post World War I[edit | edit source]
Friedrich Altemeier survived World War I. He died on 18 September 1968.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- The Aerodrome website http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/germany/altemeier.php Cite error: Invalid
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- Above the Lines, p. 60.
- Albatros Aces of World War I. p. 44.
- The Aerodrome website http://www.theaerodrome.com/aircraft/germany/albatros_diii.php
- Albatros Aces, p. 44.
- The Aerodrome website http://www.theaerodrome.com/medals/germany/prussia_mmc.php
- The Aerodrome website http://www.theaerodrome.com/medals/germany/wb.php
References[edit | edit source]
- 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.
- Albatros Aces of World War 1, Part 2. Greg VanWyngarden. Osprey Publishing, 2007. ISBN 1-84603-179-6, ISBN 978-1-84603-179-3.
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