Baur, Hans

PILOT (GERMANY)
BORN 19 Jun 1897, Ampfing, Oberbayern - DIED 17 Feb 1993, Herrsching am Ammersee, Bayern
REAL NAME Bauer, Johann Peter
GRAVE LOCATION München, Bayern: Westfriedhof, Baldurstrasse 28 (114-A-29)

Hans Baur was educated in Munich. He saw service during the First World War after he joined the airforce he soon shot down nine planes of the enemy and received a Bavarian decoration. After the war he flew for several companies until he became one of the first six pilots of the Lufthansa in 1926. During the same year he joined the NSDAP. In 1933 Adolf Hitler hired him as his personal pilot.

When he tried to escape from Berlin in 1945 he was wounded so severely that one of his legs had to be amputated. He was taken prisoner by the Russians who initially believed that he had flown Hitler away before they conquered Berlin. He was eventually released in 1955. In 1971 he published an autobiography, ""Ich flog mit den Mächtigen der Erde" ("I flew with the Mighty People of the Earth").

Sources
• Scheibmayr, Erich, Wer? Wann? Wo? - Teil 2 -, Weitere Persönlichkeiten in Münchner Friedhöfen, Verlag Erich Scheibmayr, München, 1997
Hans Baur - Wikipedia

Images

Hans Baur's grave at the Westfriedhof, Munich.
Picture by Androom (20 Mar 2002)

 


Bausch, Pina

Published: 13 Dec 2009
Last update: 23 Dec 2015