During this time he would receive the Iron Cross Second Class and in August of 1916, he was promoted to Vizefeldwebel (non-commissioned officer).
In January of the following year he successfully asked for a transfer to flying single-seat fighters. He was commissioned a leutnant, and joined Jasta 26 and he scored his first victory for Jasta 26 on 10 May 1917.
Blume was a natural fighter pilot. In August, he received the Iron Cross First Class and became an ace in October of 1917.
In November he would receive a serious chest wound in combat and was hospitalized for over 3 months.
After a spell with Fliegerersatz-Abteilung (Replacement Detachment) 3, Blume returned to active duty, commanding Jasta 9 in March of 1918.
He scored a further 22 victories, all with his new unit. With the exception of two double scores he accumulated his successes singly, mostly fighters. Only four of his victories were over two-seater aircraft. He flew in both Albatros fighters and the Fokker D.VII.
Blume finished the war with 28 victories. He resigned from military service on 15 January 1919.
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