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Ludwig "Lutz" Beckmann
Nickname "Lutz"
Born (1895-10-26)October 26, 1895
Died 20 January 1965(1965-01-20) (aged 69)
Place of birth Dortmund
Place of death Osnabrück
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Deutsches Heer (1914–1917)
Luftstreitkräfte (1917–1918)
Luftwaffe (1930's-1945)
Years of service 1914–1918
1930's–1945
Rank Oberst der Reserve
Unit Jasta 6
Jasta 48
Jasta 56
Kampfgruppe z.b.V. 500
Commands held Kampfgruppe z.b.V. 500
Battles/wars

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Ludwig "Lutz" Beckmann (26 October 1895 – 20 January 1965) was a German Luftstreitkräfte ace during World War I and a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross during World War II. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Ludwig Beckmann claimed eight aerial victories during World War I all on the Western Front. Two victims of his victories were British aces Harold Mellings and Herbert A. Patey.[1]

World War I aerial service[edit | edit source]

Beckmann joined Jagdstaffel 6 in December 1917. On 21 February 1918, he transferred to Jagdstaffel 48. He transferred once again, to Jagdstaffel 56, on 11 March 1918. Two days later, he scored his first aerial victory. He would score eight confirmed victories before war's end.[2]

World War II service[edit | edit source]

Beckmann commanded a special transport unit, IV/TG1, during World War II. He flew over 200 air bridge sorties into besieged Demjansk, Russia with this unit. He also commanded a Junkers 52 unit, KGr zbV 500.[2]

Awards[edit | edit source]

Citations[edit | edit source]

  1. The Aerodrome website http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/germany/beckmann.php Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Franks et al 1993, p. 69.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 108.

References[edit | edit source]

Bibliography
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) (in German). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtsteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches]. Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Franks, Norman; Bailey, Frank W.; Guest, Russell. Above the Lines: The Aces and Fighter Units of the German Air Service, Naval Air Service and Flanders Marine Corps, 1914–1918. Grub Street, 1993. ISBN 0-948817-73-9, ISBN 978-0-948817-73-1.
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001) (in German). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2]. Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007) (in German). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives]. Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 

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