Baerens, Friedrich, born on 22-04-1888 in Satow, was accepted into the Army Service on 10-02-1910, age 21, as Company Officer in the 141th
Infantry Regiment. Detached to the War School in Metz from 01-10-1900 until August 1911. He was the Platoon Leader in the 97th
Infantry Regiments until 21-12-1914. He started an Aircraft Observer Training with the 5th
Flying Replacement Battalion in Hanover to 07-03-1915. As an Oberleutnant Observer with the 47th
Field Flying Battalion to 29-09-1917 and with the 37th
Field Flying Battalion to 18-12-1918, as a Hauptmann. He ended the war at the Air Base in Insterburg, Border Guard East and retired from the Army on 02-09-1919. He as a Police Hauptmann was accepted in the Police Service and became the leader of the Border Guard Unit “Marienwerder” He was as Police Major, the commander of the of the State Police Battalion Harburg until 15-10-1935 and entered the Luftwaffe Service
as a Supplement Officer and adviser in Air Region Command 7, to 03-02-1938, as an Oberst. With the command of the Luftgaukommando, Air Region Command, “Belgien and North France” he participates in World War II. The air battle for France and the low countries had cost the Luftwaffe 28% of its front line strength, some 1.428 aircraft destroyed.
A further 488 were damaged, making a total of 36% of the Luftwaffe strength negatively affected. The Luftwaffe still retained a total reserve strength of 10.000 pilots, which would be needed in the battle of attrition that was to follow over the British Isles. Airport Region Commander 4/VIII from 01-02-1943 until 16-05-1944. (see Hermann Goering
(did you know
). Landed in the Führer Reserve (see Adolf Hitler
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), then to the disposal of the Flying Replacement Division, from 17-05-1944 until 31-12-1944, then meanwhile Generalmajor Friedrich Baerens retired, age 56, from the Luftwaffe Service.
The rest of his life he lived in Gauting, where several other WWII Generals lived too. General Friedrich Baerens died at the age of 78, on 02-01-1967 and is buried on the Waldfriedhof in Gauting and close by are the graves of Generalleutnant der Flakartillerie, Kommandeur der 26th Flak Division, Rudolf Eibenstein
, General der Infanterie, Kommandeur LIII Heeres Regiment, Adolf Ritter von Ruith