He was born in Wurzen, Kingdom of Saxony. In 1915 he joined the Luftstreitkräfte and was a founding member of Jasta 5 (Jagdstaffel, fighter squadron), which he joined as its Commanding Officer on May 20, 1917. He flew an Albatros D.III and an Albatros D.V, being forced to land twice during fights. He died near Caudry-Cambrai.
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