Bruno Loerzer

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Air General Bruno Loerzer

Bruno Loerzer (born on January, 22 1891 at Berlin, Germany) is a German settler in the United Baltic Duchy and fighter pilot. Having emigrated to the Baltic territories, he is the current Commander-in-Chief of the Baltischer Luftwaffe.


Born in Berlin, Loerzer was a prewar army officer who learned to fly in 1914. Current Mittelafrika Statthalter Hermann Göring flew as Loerzer's observer until mid-1915. Transferring to fighters, Loerzer flew with two Jagdstaffeln in 1916 before joining "Jasta" 26 in January 1917. By then he had scored two victories over French aircraft. His tally reached 20 at the end of October and he received the Pour le Mérite in February 1918.

The same month, he took command of the newly formed Jagdgeschwader III, the third of Germany's famed "flying circuses." His aces included his brother Fritz, who claimed 11 kills. Leading Jasta 26 and three other squadrons, Loerzer proved a successful wing commander. Equipped with the new BMW-engined Fokker D.VII, JG III cut a wide swath through Allied formations in the summer of 1918, and his own score mounted steadily. He achieved his last ten victories in September when he reached his final score of 44. Shortly before the end of the fighting on the Western Front, he was promoted to Hauptmann.

After the Weltkrieg, Loerzer continued in air service, being among the first commanders of the newly-established Luftstreitkräfte in 1925. Following his friend Hermann Göring, he decided to settle in the United Baltic Duchy in 1926, benifiting from the advantages given to the war veterans, in particular for war heroes such as the former fighter pilots of the Weltkrieg. Settled in a farm in Curland, Loerzer quickly arose in the small sphere of the prominent German foreign residents, and was subsequently named Commander-in-Chief of the small Baltischer Luftwaffe in 1929.

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