Monday, June 5, 2017

Leutnant Otto Brauneck

Little has been written about Brauneck’s background and aero training. It seems that he joined the air service sometime in 1916 and was posted to FFA 69 in Macedonia. Flying an Albatros C.lll he scored his first victory in September of the same year. His second victory, over an observation balloon in December, earned him the Iron Cross First Class.
After an unconfirmed victory on Christmas Day, he shot down two balloons on January 5th, 1917.

His skills must have been apparent as on January 14th, 1917 he was promptly transferred to single seaters at Jasta 25. Here he flew a Fokker D-II.
Between 19 January and 6 April 1917, he claimed seven triumphs, only three of which were confirmed.

On April, 20th, 1917, he was once again transferred, this time to Jasta 11 on the Western Front, here he would serve under Manfred von Richthofen. He scored twice in early June. On July 22nd, he claimed his tenth and final victory. He was shot down three days later and died in the crash. He was twenty-one years old.
Brauneck's personal Jasta 11 Albatros D.III was reportedly painted red overall with a blue nose and spinner.

Brauneck was decorated with the Iron Cross, (1st and 2nd class) and the Knight's Cross of the House Order of Hohenzollern, which he received on 19 January.

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