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  1. Fascinating! Thanks for the lead on Garros. Looks like we stumbled on a great war myth. The original wire service report: The rest of the story...
  2. Saw these postcards and they seem to be of the same action, and not just fantasy drawings. Can anyone identify who the pilot was and what happened here? A translation of the captions would be great. Thanks!
  3. On a silver presentation box are engraved the name of 56 PLM winners, mostly Flieger and U-boot commanders. But on each side are, I think, 6 names of Army Officers with PLMs. I have had help identifying two names so far. Any help IDing the last 4 would be appreciated! 1. ? 2. ? 3. ? 4. Lancelle 5. ? 6. Seidel
  4. Here are 7 pairs of signatures from a silver presentation box. Seven I have identified as PLM winning U-boot commanders, so I assume the others might be. Any help on the other 7 would be appreciated. Thanks! 1. Forstmann 2. Moraht 3. ? 4. ? 5. Hersing 6. Rose 7. ? 8. Marschall 9. ? 10. Siess 11. Hartwig 12. ? 13. ? 14. ?
  5. Yes, thank you, Claudius. The types of PLM winners are all segregated. 36 PLM winners to Flieger on top--34 confirmed! It would be odd if 2 out of 36 are non-Flieger. But it is beginning to look that way. The front of the box has the U-boot and the two sides Army. Maybe they are Army names? Thank you for trying. Maybe I will post the unidentified U-boot names and you will spot somebody. Rgds
  6. These two are from a silver box signed and engraved by 36 men on the lid. 34 are ID'ed as PLM Flieger. Only these two remain unidentified. Can you help? The first is in the centre below Bongartz. The second is at the bottom below Richthofen and Boelcke. Thanks!
  7. The finest Ehrenpreis I have ever seen... Good work and congratulations, again!
  8. I think then, like now, businessmen with deep pockets get away with a lot. But the missing plaque could mean one or a group of PLM winners presented him with this box. So no harm. Also, as PLM jeweller's copies go, this is not very good--the one-sided funeral cushion copies look more detailed than this to me. Tho' the stickpins are as nice as I've ever seen! It is possible someone sexed this up later. Would a collector put a PLM over the gorgeous engraving? I would love to restore the engraving of the PLM and get rid of the clunky insignia, but now there is a hole in the lid where the center of the cross attaches, and two more holes in the lid behind the top and bottom arms of the cross, with a little ball bearing that snaps into holes on the back of the arms to seat it. It is like the jeweller covered up the engraving but made sure the insignia could swivel and reveal his work, or half of it! Very odd.
  9. Front panel, in vertical pairs of names from left to right... 37. Forstmann and 38. Moraht 39. ????? and 40. ????? 41. Hersing and 42. Rose 43. ???? and 44. Marschall 45. ???? and 46. Siess 47. Hartwig and 48. ???? 49. ???? and 50. ???? FYI I identified a few U-boat aces from two postcards someone sent me. They are from reunions of the last living PLM holders in 1966--at the baths in Wiesbaden--and 1967--at the thermal baths in Baden-Baden! Left panel, left to right: 51. ???? 52. ???? 53. ???? Right panel: 54. Lancelle 55. ????? 56. Seidel Maybe this is an Army panel?
  10. 7th Row... 25. Keller 26. Bäumer 27. Blume 28. Büchner 29. Rieper 30. Leonhardy 8th Row... 31. Berthold 32. Manfred Frhr. v. Richthofen 33. Boelcke 34. Lothar Frhr. Richthofen 35. J. Veltjens 9th Row... squeezed below Boelcke... 36. Frhr v Leffers ?
  11. 3rd Row... 11. Frhr. O. Boenigk 12. Könnecke 13. ??????? 14. Gotthard Sachsenberg 4th Row... 15. Ernst Udet 16. C Degelow 17. H Klein 18. Greim ? 5th Row... 19. Frhr von Pechmann 20. Laumann 6th Row... 21. Ed. Ritter von Schleich 22. Julius Buckler ? 23. Hans-Georg Horn 24. Brandenburg
  12. Lid, top row, left to right... 1. Jacobs 2. Göring 3. Loerzer 4. Bolle 5. Köhl 2nd Row... 6. ????????? 7. Müller-Kahle 8. Bongartz 9. Homburg 10. Theo Osterkamp
  13. Below is a cigarette box (10 1/2 inches x 5 1/2) that you may have seen recently on eBay. I finally worked a trade with the owner in the Netherlands. Engraved on it are a helluva lot of Blue Max winners for one mere mortal to have known all by himself--56 in total. 36 pilots. The Dutch connection (someone's grandfather got it in Holland after war's end in 1945) makes me think of Anthony Fokker. He would have courted all these celebrity pilots as he lobbied for aircraft contracts. Sadly a big plaque inside the lid is long gone... It is hallmarked... The previous owner said the fullsize cross was loose. I noticed it is affixed in a that it can be made to rotate around it's center, revealing a beautifully engraved PLM underneath. The stickpins also show traces of having been engraved underneath. I keep hearing the Geschaeftsleiter tell his jeweller after the beautiful engraving was done, "Was ist? I can't see it! Make it pop!! Put a real one there!" I will now start posting the names, which are in neat rows instead of all over the place. Most I have been able to identify from signed photos, but there are some I have put with question marks because I need confirmation. There are a few that I just can't figure out. There are 36 pilots on the lid, and on the sides and front panel another 20 names--mostly U-boat aces, which probably means this didn't belong to Fokker. The U-boat names I need the most help with. Thanks! Will start posting signatures shortly...
  14. Just received this... POLAND. Shares commemorative medal of Independence in Krakow in 1914., designed by Joseph Wolf struck in Vienna effort Książęco-Bishop's Committee in Krakow, Aw: Torso of the Virgin Mary with the Child and the inscription Queen CROWN POLISH IN YOU HOPE OUR MCMXIV, Rw: On a wreath of thorns and laurel view of Wawel Castle, at the top of the crown and eagle broke away the chains, brass 60.44 g, 41.5 x 64.2 mm, 271 R Strzałkowski