Klepke, Waldemar, born 06-10-1882 in Bromberg, West Prussia, entered the Infantry Regiment No. 67 as a flag-boy, age 20, on 20-04-1903. After a successful visit to the war school in Kassel (October 1903 – June 1904), he was promoted to Leutnant on 18-08-1904, and then served as a company officer, from September 1908 to September 1911 as battalion Adjutant, and finally until September 1912 as regimental Adjutant and Ordnance officer in the Infantry Regiment No. 67, From 01-10-1912 to 31-07-1914, he was at the Prussian War Academy ; During this time he completed the training as a from 1 April to 31-05-1914. After the outbreak of the First World War, Klepke flew from August 2, 1914, to the end of April 1915, as an observer at the Feldflieger Division 5, and then to the end of May 1915 at Feldflieger Division 18 31-05-1915, Klepke became the leader of the Feldflieger Division 45, on 16-12-1916 leader of the air division 259 (artillery). From August 03-08-1917, to 31-12-1918, he was the group leader of Airmen 16 at the Army Command 5 .
He was allowed in the new Reichswehr Luftwaffe , later under the command of Hermann Goering (did you know) and climbed the ranks smoothly, Oberst on 01-07-1933, Generalmajor on 01-10-1935, Generalleutnant on 01-08-1937 and with the beginning of World War II he was a General of the Flieger. Klepke here as number 11 with Field Marshal Erhard Milch, was appointed as Higher Flying Training Commander 3 until 31-05-1943 and not useful for Adolf Hitler´s warfare (did you know) retired already age 56, on 31-05-1943.
Death and burial ground of Klepke, Waldemar.
Klepke on the first photo on the left and the second as a Hauptmann and number 5, living in Berchtesgaden, where Hitler had his Berghof (now ruins remained) with Eva von Braun (see Braun parents).
On 01-02-1938, Klepke became General of the Luftwaffe at the command station of the army and inspector of reconnaissance aircraft and aerial photography. After his promotion on 01-01-1939 to the General der Flieger he was from 01-02-to 30-04-1939 as an officer z.b.V. In the Reichsluftfahrtministerium , and in the Luftwaffe’s command post, before leaving the active service. In the course of the general mobilization, he was reactivated on 26-08-1939, and assigned to the Higher Aviation Training Commander. He held this position until the end of May 1943. On 31-03-1943, he finally left the military service.
On 05-05-1945 age 62, Klepke took his own life in Berchtesgaden and is buried on the war cemetery of Laupheim.
Cemetery location of Klepke, Waldemar.