DAN SHUMAKER COLLECTION
No. 10531. Bäumer B III Alsterkind (D-638)
Photograph from H.J. Nowarra

Bäumer B III Alsterkind

03/31/2011. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "Paul Bäumer (May 11, 1896, Meiderich, Germany – July 15, 1927, Copenhagen, Denmark) was an ace of WW I. Between July 12, 1917, and October 9, 1918, he dawned 40 aircraft and 3 balloons. He formed Bäumer Aero GmbH at Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel in October 1922 and the company produced four types, the B I to B IV, of which the first flew August 15, 1924. Flying the new Rohrbach Rofix, Bäumer was killed when it crashed into the Öresund, of the coast of Copenhagen, on July 15, 1927.

The B III was a biplane designed for touring and sports flying, and aimed at low landing speed rather than high top speed. Of wooden construction, the oval fuselage was covered with plywood, while the wing and tail surfaces were covered with fabric. Powerplant was a 60 hp Wright (Lawrence) L-4 three-cylinder air-cooled radial engine. It first flew in 1925, and reportedly was later used by the Nationalsozialistisches Fliegerkorps (National Socialist Flyers Corps), a flying "club" used to mask the training of future military pilots. Its fate is unknown.

Created March 31, 2011