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  1. Hi again I am not good reading signatures so you might need an reading "expert" for the last unsolved names. However I have rather good unit rosters for the units involved, but not complete. Here are some more "guesses", number 7 might be Rittm Voelkel who was a long timer within FFA 54, number 25 is probably Lt dR Fritz Imhausen, number 33 might be Lt Bodo Frhr von Lyncker and number 39 might be Ott. Maybe someone else could solve the last signatures ? Gunnar
  2. Hi Some names that I am so far rather certain of, left side: number 2 = Braune, number 6 = Hptm dL Thiesing, number 9 = Lt dR Armin Löw, number 15 = Landwüst, number 16 = Lt Richard Kuhna, number 17 = Lt Fritz Schuster, von Kusel should be Lt Kurt von Kessel, right side: number 21 = probably Schleiff, number 27 = Lt Oskar von Lorne von St. Ange, number 28 = Hans Eick is also the name of his file in Stuttgart, number 29 = Schlemmer, number 30 = Lt Walter Mussäus, number 31 = von Münster, number 32 = Preiß, number 35 = von Blankenburg, number 36 = Dahm, number 40 = Wilhelm von Karstedt. Some of the others should be able to solve but maybe need better close up for some. As you see a mix of flyers from FFA 54, AFA 220, Stofl Süd and AFP Süd. And thanks for providing all these photos of high quality ! Gunnar
  3. Hi again When looking further on that plate I am "now" convinced it have officers from both FFA 54 and AFA/FAA 220. When Wilberg left the command of Stofl Süd late May 1916 to take command of Stofl Mackensen the "Army" only had two flying units. When AFA 220 was formed early 1916 it had four a/c and six officers. From the original officers I have five names but one was captured in April 1916. The four others officers from AFA 220 are all apparently on that plate, Hptm Walter Braune, Lt Wilhelm von Münster, Lt dR Alfred Preiß and Lt dR Emil Schlemmer. Gunnar
  4. Hi Dave Lt Arndt is probably named Dietrich and named in the loss lists, eventually he have an file in Berlin Lt Burgdorff is a new name for me, it existed an Obstlt Heinrich Burgdorf born 1881 who served in the Luftwaffe, but different spelling and rather old.. Lt Hans-Heinrich von Foerster from IR 24 did later became an leader of an Bomber-unit. Reimund is a new name for me and tricky to find. Germann Unger from IR 67 with two n in first name is often mis-spelled, he later became an General in Luftwaffe. Gunnar
  5. Very interesting plate Matt ! I can probably identify at least 10 more names on the plate, but I dont have Regiment for all. It seems basically officers from FFA 54 except Anslinger and Paul Pertermann with an unknown rank and maybe one more.(possible ROAs) It might have been a gift to the Stofl Süd, Hptm Wilberg for his service in that position as period fits. He later became an General. Unfortunate i cannot make the picture bigger so can you cut out all the rest of the names as you have done with those identified ? Gunnar
  6. Hi Dave Danner wrote : I'm not sure about an Oldenburg connection, but the other officer has the Friedrich-August-Kreuz 1.Klasse, so maybe the Fliegerabteilung received some Oldenburg awards. FFA 54/FA 24 was part of Süd Army from start 1915 until late 1917. Maybe some Oldenburg Regimenten served within this Army ? some short comments: Gustav Meyer became Meyer-Spelbrink in mid 1920s and still hold that name during WW2, maybe changed his name a second time to Meyer zu Spelbrink after WW2.. Langhoff might be Oblt Georg Langhoff from IR 42 but I dont have him within this unit. Oblt Hans Bergling was from IR 168. Eicke might be the Württemberger Lt or Lt dR Hans Eick from IR 127 who was captured in the autumn of 1916. Franz Schleiff, the later Ace came from FAR 73, also PlM candidate. I have Oblt Herbert Sonnenburg from FAR 46 at AFP Süd and stab Kofl Süd but not within FFA 54, maybe a visitor ? Gunnar
  7. Hi Dave Yes, it is Walter Pohl from earlier IR 136. Walter was the first commander FFA 64 which he lead to late 1916. He have an BAMA file which I have checked. He also had an background in the Air Force pre-War which made his "status" little higher. The last known date I have for Haehner in FFA 64 is July 1916. Gunnar
  8. Thanks very much Dave With first names it will probably be an high chance to find his date and place of birth later on. I have that he started as active officer in FuAR 10 and promoted Lt 19.11.1908 mit Patent 27.01.1908, then circa 1910 he went over to the Reserve of that Regiment. Gunnar
  9. Hi Oblt dR x Haehner from FuAR 10 received the Das österr. Verdienstkreuz mit der Kriegsdekoration in spring of 1916 while serving on the Eastern front. Does it exist any award-list for this award which can give a first name ? He apparently later received the Hohx in late 1917 or early 1918. He is one a the few airmen mentioned in von Hoeppners book so he became "famous". He was living in Straßburg but apparently it does not exist any on-line address books for this town. And sadly for me the archive in Straßburg is on French language so I am unable to find if he have an file there. Anyone who have a first name for him and/or possible date and place of birth ? Gunnar
  10. Thanks ixhs No it is only to find his date and place of birth, he apparently had an connection to Düsseldorf which maybe is his birth town. Gunnar
  11. Hi In one source is the Apotheker and Lt dR Karl Dohmen from Köln-Sülz listed as receiving Badische Orden vom Zähringer Löwen mit Schwerten late 1914. Anyone knew the award and/or possible date and place of birth ? His Regiment is IR 112. Gunnar
  12. Hi ixhs As he was an flyer I have some minor adds on him. You probably knew that he have an file in BAMA Freiburg and one in BA Berlin, as well one in Karlsruhe and one in Stuttgart so you have a good chance find "complete" info on him. I havent checked any of these files yet. Lt dR 30.03.1916. Before joining Js 37 he served in FA 38(ex FFA 69) on the Macedonian front, 15.02.1917 until 18.04.1917(maybe first crash). Then he joined Js 37 on 20.10.1917 coming from Jastaschule. I do think he was only "temporary" leader of Js 37 after Udet until the new leader arrived(Georg Meyer). He was apparently posted to AFP 2 on 16.04.1918. The Württemberger loss list dated 01.07.1918 says he was wounded. These WVL(as well Saxon loss list) were generally slower in reporting losses. No notes regarding aerial victories. Gunnar
  13. Hi, Gunnar!  Hannes suggested I check with you about Horst Julius Treusch von Buttlar-Brandenfels (the Zeppelin ace) to see if we are missing any awards...

    PLM + HHOx + Ek1&2 + FA1&2 + HamburgX.  Are we missing anything?  Thanks for your help!

    John

    1. Soderbaum

      Soderbaum

      Hi John

      Horst do have an BAMA file in Freiburg 6/5630. It is a good chance that this file have all his awards. I havent checked it. He ended up as Oberst in the Luftwaffe during WW2.

      Gott Nytt År

      Gunnar

    2. Luftmensch

      Luftmensch

      Thank you, Gunnar. 

      Happy hunting in 2018!!

      Best

  14. I do think that von Tschudi did not arrive to FEA 7 Cöln until early 1916, despite nominated commander earlier. So there were likely five commanders before him. Gunnar
  15. Hi Mattyboy I am not certain regarding post 272 but it looks "Ludwig" for me. Gunnar
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