|Birthname||Johann Ernst Roderich Georg Wilhelm Bethge|
|born on||6 December 1890 at 18:15 (= 6:15 PM )|
|Place||Berlin, Germany, 52n29, 13e21|
|Timezone||LMT m13e21 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||14°35' 08°34 Asc. 19°25'|
German pilot who was one of the first World War I flying aces, as well as an aerial commander. He was credited with 20 aerial victories. He was also a squadron commander for the unusually long term of fourteen months.
A week after his final victory, on the morning of 17 March 1918, Bethge once again led his fliers into combat. When he was still 200 metres from the British formation they were attacking, his Pfalz curved sharply downwards and out of sight, probably hit by return fire from a D.H.4 of No. 57 Squadron. His body was found at Passchendaele.
Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry from Berlin archives.
- Personal : Death : Accidental (Plane crash)
- Personal : Death : Short Life less than 29 Yrs (Age 27)
- Vocation : Military : Combat (Aerial)
- Vocation : Military : Honors
- Vocation : Military : Military career (Aerial commander)
- Vocation : Military : Military service (WWI)
- Vocation : Travel : Pilot/ military
- Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession (World War I flying ace)