Willy Ober
Photo shows Willy Ober,
new member of the Early Birds,
in his early days of flying.

       During the Reunion of The Early Birds in Denver we were told of the passing of Willy Ober who was living in Amityville, N.Y. He was born in Hamburg, Germany, June 6, 1895
     He first learned to fly a glider in the fall of 1912 at the Gotha Glider Club in Gotha, Germany. His work in aeronautics began in 1912 at the Gotha Glider Club in Gotha, Germany, where he first soloed in the autumn of 1912 first solo flight in a power driven airplane was made May 30, 1913 at Marienthal, near Hamburg. German pilot's license #1413 was issued to him.
     Ober served as a fighter pilot in the German Air Force from August 1914 to May 1917. From July 1917 to February 1919 he served with the Turkish Air Force.
     Coming to the United States after World War I, he became manager of the Camden, N.J. Airport. Upon his retirement, he moved to Amityville, Long Island.
     He is survived by a son and two daughters.
From The Early Birds of Aviation CHIRP, January, 1972, Number 78
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