Today the German High Command announced the formation of the Luftstreitkräfte (German Air Force) to replace the previous Fliegertruppen des deutschen Kaiserreiches (Imperial German Flying Corps).
The new structure is intended to provide centralized control of all the army’s aircraft and anti-aircraft defences at both the front and at home. The German Navy’s aircraft (as with the RFC and RNAS) remain under separate command.
General Ernst von Hoeppner has been appointed commander of the force with Colonel Hermann von der Lieth-Thomsen, the current chief of the air forces in the field, as his Chief-of-Staff. Hoeppner will report directly to General Hindenburg at Supreme Army Command.
General von Hoeppner was previously Commander of the 75th Reserve Squadron.