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Leutnant Karl Allmenröder, Sanke Karte (Pour le Mérite), 1896-1917

He was a member of the Richthofen "Flying Circus" and joined Jasta 11 in late 1916 and gained over 30 victories before being shot down on 27. June 1917 near Zillebeke, Belgium. The photo was taken before he gained the Pour le Mérite and which has been added later to the photo. His other decorations as seen in the photo are the Iron Cross 1st class, the Military Pilots Badge and the Oldenburg Friedrich-August-Kreuz 1st class. After the crash he was recovered from the battlefield and buried in his home town Solingen-Wald, where his grave can be seen today.

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All of his decorations can be seen in this photo (Sanke) taken at the funeral: The Hausorden von Hohenzollern (Ritterkreuz) can be seen in the photo (centre).
The circumstances leading to his death are still unclear. A Canadian ace, Fl./Lt. Raymond Collishaw,  R.N.A.S., was accredited with this, however, there is a discrepancy in the dates.

 

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Hauptmann Oswald Bölcke (Boelcke)
*19.05.1891, Giebichenstein b. Halle a/d Saale
+28.10.1916, Bapaume, fatal accident

Pour le Mérite, 12.01.1916

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Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen
Was lucky to find this original of a well known Sanke postcard of Manfred von Richthofen. These were published in large quantities and each photo had an order number, which can be seen at the front of the card as well as the manufacturer's logo and the name of the person depicted, very collectable, and these cards can reach high prices, especially when there is an original autograph of the person depicted.
This particular photo is well known and has been featured in many biographies of Richthofen. Not known when this portrait was taken, presumaby after December 1916 (Pour le Mérite, 12. January 1917) and before 21. April 1918. Cards printed after that date bore a small cross after the name.
In the photo he is wearing the uniform of his old regiment, Ulanen-Regiment 1, along with the military pilots badge, Iron Cross 1st and 2nd class and the Ordre Pour le Mérite. There are many various other photos of Richthofen by Sanke and by other photographers and publishers, as he was very popular. To the bottom left hand corner of the picture is the logo or trademark of Rotophot AG, which was founded in 1912. Sanke and Rotophot were still in business during the 1920s and 1930s.
(23.8.2018)

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Bölcke, Immelmann and their comrades
A Sanke card No. 373, pencil-dated to the rear: Mai 1916, unwritten, uncirculated of

Oberleutnant Oswald Bölcke and Leutnant Max Immelmann amongst their comrades.

Front row:

Salffner, Meding, Lt.Albert Oesterreicher, Bölcke, Hptm. Hermann Kastner, Lt. Max Immelmann, von Krause, Lt. Ernst Hess

Back row:

Lt. Max Mulzer, von Schilling, Oblt. Maximilian von Cossel, Fromme, Oblt. von Gusnar

Taken the last day on which Bölcke and Immelmann together in the same group. Bölcke was despatched the next day for preparation for the Verdun Offensive. He was in Douai in June for the funeral of Max Immelmann + 18.6.1916.
(16.12.2016)

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Leutnant Kurt Wolff,
* Greifswald, 6.2.1895
+ Werwik, 5.9.1917
Pour le Mérite, 4. 5.1917
(Eisenbahn-Regt.4)

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Oberleutnant Max Immelmann
* 21.9.1890, Dresden
+ 18. 9.1916, Annay, Pas-de-Calais
Pour le Mérite, 12.1.1916
(Eisenbahn-Regt.2)

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Oberleutnant Lothar Freiherr von Richthofen, Manfred's younger brother
* 27.9.1894, Breslau
+ 4.7.1922, Hamburg
Pour le Mérite, 14.5.1917
(Dragoner-Regt.4)

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Leutnant Emil Schaefer, Jasta 11 Pilot
* 7.12.1891, Krefeld
+ 5.12.1917 bei Ypres
26.4.1917, Pour le Mérite
(Jäger-Bataillon 7)

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