|Born||1 April 1892
Deggendorf, Kingdom of Bavaria, German Empire
|Died||After 9 November 1943|
|Service/branch||Artillery, then flying service|
|Years of service||1914 - ca 1943|
|Unit||FA(A) 293, Jagdstaffel 39|
|Awards||Iron Cross Second and First Class, Austro-Hungarian Silver Medal for Bravery, Military Verdeinst Cross Third Class with Swords|
|Other work||World War II service with the Nazis|
Early life and service
Ludwig Gaim was born in Deggendorf, the Kingdom of Bavaria, on 1 April 1892. He joined an artillery unit in the Imperial German Army during August 1914. He served on the Verdun Front and was awarded the Iron Cross Second Class on 21 October 1914. He continued artillery duty until July 1916. He then transferred to the Luftstreitkräfte for aviation duty with Flieger-Abteilung (Artillerie) 293 (Flier Detachment (Artillery) 293). He flew artillery direction missions and other reconnaissance with this unit until wounded on 6 January 1917. He was promoted to Vizefeldwebel on 25 May 1917. After recovery from his wound, he trained as a single-seater fighter pilot. Upon graduation, he was shipped to Italy to join Jagdstaffel 39 (Fighter Squadron 39) on 27 June 1917. Between 25 October and 30 December 1917, he shot down five Italian aircraft. He was again wounded in action, while scoring his fifth victory.
World War II service
Gaim also fought in World War II as a soldier in the Schutzstaffel. He joined the Nazi Party as member number 763,780 and the Schutzstaffel as member number 279,441. He ultimately achieved the rank of SS-Standartenführer (Colonel), on November 9, 1943, and Oberleutnant der Reserve.
Honors and awards
- Iron Cross Second Class: 21 October 1914
- Military Verdeinst Cross 3rd Class with Swords: 7 April 1917
- Iron Cross First Class: 8 November 1917
- Austro-Hungarian Silver Medal
Sources of information
- Franks et al 1993, p. 113.