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  1. Yes, I think so, too. The L19 sank in 1916, this was done in 1940. I have a bad picture of Rinken...second row on right....that may have been taken a few years apart...
  2. Tonder and all of Denmark was occupied in 1940. The majority German families in that part of what used to be northern Schleswig-Holstein were probably quite proud to be German again!
  3. You probably know more about this than I do!--but the chart I read said "H.J." for Hans Jensen was used until 1937... Ooops...just checked another chart... https://www.925-1000.com/denmarkH.html The same H.J. was picked up again in 1937 and used until 1957. So the "40" on the Thre Towers means 1940? Then all three marks line up at 1940. Thanks!
  4. Okay, with a little help from Luftschiffharry, this may possibly be Artur Rinken, who drowned on the L19. The L19 flew from Tondern Zeppelin base. Rinken was born in Tondern in 1892. Tondern was given to Denmark in the 1920s. Based on the Danish Maker's mark and Assay mark this piece was made between 1932 and 1937.
  5. Thanks for checking Alex. Maybe he was stationed at Zeppelin base Tonder, which used to be Danish territory before the war. But the piece was made after the war, so maybe he returned for a sweetheart there?!
  6. Alex? Anyone? Any thoughts on this engraved Godet? 5.7 cm breit. I would love to know... 1. The year of these Danish hallmarks. 2. Anyone know who this Luftschiffer is? Maybe Signalmaat Ruskowski (from the other thread) who was interned in Denmark? 3. Anyone else seen an engraved Zeppelin on a piece of silver? This is the first I have seen. Thanks!
  7. Omigod...TEXTBOOK! A pair of beautiful identical twins...wie heisst...eineiige Zwillige?
  8. Fantastic, Alex! TWO Sea Pilot badges to the same man--the first time I have ever seen this!
  9. I've seen this coat of arms, but I'll never remember where. Anyone recognize it? A clue might be the signature on the other side. Can anyone read the name? ! The signature of the donor? Do not blame the actions of the soldiers! To those who die there, You should give them what they want! Let them drink, let them kiss Who knows when they have to die. Don't see any famous names inside, but lots of girlfriends! Christa, Ulla, Elsy, Kaete!
  10. Hi, Vince It does look like that! Luftschiffharry says it may be a mourning band that is cinched around a framed portrait of the deceased. RIF is German for R.I.P. -- "Ruhe in Frieden" -- and that the last "F" is "Freund". So the band was given by military comrades for their deceased friend. Confirmation would be nice, but if true maybe this custom has died out!
  11. Thank you, Alex. Thank you for not outbidding me! Since you mentioned it, below is his "Flaschenpost" to his wife. You can still see the folds where he rolled it up to stuff it in the opening of a thermos along with other crew messages including one from KptLt. Loewe who got blood on his card. The thermos was found on the Swedish coast 6 months later when the world learned from one of the messages that the King Stephen refused to take the crew off and filed a false position report when it returned to home port. Alex, can you show me a picture of what this medal looked like? Was it named? Thanks. “Meine liebste Frau und mein lb. Alwin. Leider will es Gott daß wir uns nicht wiedersehen. Liebste Frau, ich glaube unsere lb. Eltern nehmen sich Euch an. Auf Wiedersehen in der ewigen Seligkeit. Nochmals viele herzl. Grüße Euch allen Andreas “ "My dearest wife and my beloved Alwin. Unfortunately it is God’s will that we will not see each other again. Dearest wife, I believe our beloved parents shall take care of you. Goodbye in eternal bliss. Again many heartfelt greetings to all of you Andreas "
  12. I have a paper group to Segelmachersmaaten Andreas Busch who drowned with his comrades when L19 crashed into the North Sea and the British trawler King Stephen declined to rescue them, most likely because they were fishing illegally in Dutch waters. Can anyone give me Busch's service record and list of decorations? Below is the Urkunde for his Karl-Friedrich-Verdienstmedaille. Is there any information out there as to who qualified for it and the conditions of awarding? I'm not a medal collector and was surprised this was named, given to officers and other ranks, and even awarded posthumously as it was to Busch. Many thanks! PS Those interested in the story, can read it here in english... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeppelin_LZ_54 auf deutsch... http://www.zeppelin-museum.dk/D/german/historie/l-19/l-19.html
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