Kastner-Kirdorf, Gustav, born 02-02-1881 in Trumpfsee, District Angermünde, in 1899 became a member of the Burschenschaft Hevellia Berlin, one of the traditional Studentenverbindungen (student fraternities) of Germany. Burschenschaften
were founded in the 19th century as associations of university students inspired by liberal and nationalistic ideas. They were significantly involved in the March Revolution
and the unification of Germany. He entered the Army Service, as a Fähnrich in the 25th
Infantry “von Lutzow” Regiment
on 05-02-1904, age 23. Promoted to Leutnant on 15-11-1905 and there he was first a company officer, later an adjutant of the first battalion and last regimental adjutant until 21-03-1914. Then he was from March 22, to 03-08-1914, company officer, Hauptmann from 28-11-1914, in the infantry regiment Graf Barfuß No. 17.
Here he made in July 1914 a pilot training and with the outbreak of World War I he was a pilot and observer with the 39th
Field Flying Battalion. With the outbreak of the first war Kastner Kirdorf acted from August 4 to 10-09-1914 as General Staff Officer and leader of the flyer Detachment Deputy of the XIV Corps
. He acted on several positions and was not wounded. From January 1919 to June 1919 he was commander of the Neuruppin airport. He left the army on 08-06- 1919. He ended the war as the Air Base Command of Neuroppin and retired from the Army on 08-06-1919. Promoted to Major on 01-04-1934, Oberst on 01-10-1935, Kastner reactivated in the growing Reichswehr, RLM, as Adolf Hitler
(did you know
) had taken over power, on 01-10-1937 as a Supplement Officer. Promoted to Generalmajor on 01-06-1938. With the outbreak of World War II he was Chief of the Luftwaffe Personal Office RLM until 23-02-1943 and from 01-01-1940 as a Generalleutnant and General de Flieger on 01-07-1941.
Kastner-Kirdorf second from the left.
Officer with Special Duties of the RLM, to 14-04-1943. Kastner-Kirdorf became Chief of the Office for Execution and Clemency Affairs of Hermann Goering’s
(did you know
) Luftwaffe, until 04-05-1945.
Death and burial ground of Kastner-Kirdorf, Gustav.
The desperate Generalleutnant Kastner-Kirdorf committed suicide on 04-05-1945 like many other and is buried on the War cemetery of Berchtesgaden, on the feet of the Obersalzberg and the Berghof.