The Bäumerplan in the “Fliegerviertel” was named on April 21, 1936, the “Day of the German Air Force” after Paul Bäumer (1896 – 1927), a fighter pilot in World War I, who was used for propaganda purposes under National Socialism.
Bäumer became enthusiastic about flying at an early age and financed his pilot’s license with his job as a dental technician. When World War I began, he volunteered for military service. In 1915, he joined the air force and was considered one of the most successful German fighter pilots.
After the war, Bäumer first continued to work as a dentist before founding the aircraft construction company “Bäumer Aero GmbH” in Hamburg with his wartime comrade Harry von Bülow-Bothkamp (1897 – 1976) and becoming an aerobatic pilot. While flying in a new aircraft, Bäumer crashed into the sea on the coast of Öresund off Denmark on May 15, 1927, and died.
On April 21, 1936, the “Day of the German Air Force”, Hermann Göring (1893 – 1946) named 16 streets in the garden city of Tempelhof after famous aviators – among them Paul Bäumer – on the occasion of the 18th anniversary of the death of the fighter pilot Manfred von Richthofen (1892 – 1918).