orn in 1896, Paul Baeumer was an assistant dentist who learnt to fly, joining Flieger Abteilung 7, then Jasta 2, followed by Jasta 5, returning to Jasta 3 after his 3rd victory in August 1917.
He received the Pour le Mérite on 2nd November 1918. His 4th victory was on 9th September, shooting down a RE8 of 52 Sqn, flown by Lt. Arthur Gerrard B. Davidson and 2nd Lt. B.B. Bishop over Mannekensvere, who were both killed.
His 5th victory involved a Sopwith Camel of 9 Naval Sqn on 20th September, wounding the pilot during this action.
His 6th and final victory on Snellegem airfield was also a Sopwith Camel making him the airfield’s biggest Ace.