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From time to time we are able to offer some examples of late author Jack D. Hunter's artwork. For the most part, Jack painted for relaxation. He was so talented, however, that his works became very popular. His form of relaxation remains in great demand several years after his death.  These are primarily consignment items. Over the years, I let several of his original pieces get away from me .  When possible, I try to buy them back. Failing that,  other examples occasionally are offered to me. To preserve my wife's sanity at home (as well as a general lack of free wall space) I simply cannot keep them all.  This is your opportunity to acquire some of the finest examples of Jack's life-long love of art.
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16-450 ORIGINAL JACK HUNTER PAINTING: HAUPTMANN EDUARD RITTER von SCHLEICH. This is an original painting by the late Jack D. Hunter. Mr. Hunter authored the novel The Blue Max, which was made into a 1960's hit movie starring George Peppard, Ursula Andress, and James Mason. In addition to a successful career producing war and adventure novels (including two sequels to The Blue Max), Mr. Hunter was an accomplished painter. He also was a dear friend and mentor. [As regards his painting, Jack once told me that The Blue Max only had a first edition run of 5,000 books, and, since he was a first-time author, their budget was not sufficient for a color dust jacket. Jack responded by offering to do the artwork himself. This enabled his first 5,000 books to boast a full-color dust jacket rather than plain black and white].
As Jack continued to write his novels, he also produced some excellent WW I aviation paintings that became well known on their own merits. I commissioned several paintings from him over the years, and am now thinning my personal collection. [We already feature a number of Jack’s paintings on our website that are VERY reasonably priced, since they did not receive the high-end custom framing used on those from my personal collection].
Today’s painting features Hauptmann Eduard Ritter von Schleich (1888-1947) as its central theme. Schleich was born in Munich. After his military training, he was appointed a Leutnant in Bavarian Infanterie-Regiment Nr 11. He had health problems prior to WW I and was mustered out of the army. When WW I began, he reapplied and was accepted. He was wounded early in 1914. After recovering, he applied to the Imperial German Air Service. He first was trained as an observer, then later requested pilot training. When the latter was granted, he further requested reassignment from the Observation Squadron to a single-seater Jasta. He flew both an Albatros D. V and a D. Va that were noted for featuring blue and white Bavarian checkerboard designs on their fuselages embellished with the rampant Bavarian Lion. The same design was emblazoned on all the planes he flew during the war.
A 1917 event, however, changed Schleich’s life, his plane’s appearance and the way he became remembered by History. His closest friend, pilot Erich Limpert, was killed in action that year. Schleich painted his airplane all black to memorialize his friend, while retaining his distinctive Bavarian themes. He soon became known as the "Black Knight of Germany." His plane was equally as striking as Manfred von Richthofen’s red paint schemes. Schleich finished the war with thirty-five confirmed victories, while flying a Fokker D. VII. [It was considered the best airplane produced by Imperial Germany – to the extent that its possession was forbidden to Germany by the Treaty of Versailles. All remaining examples were turned over to the victorious Allies].
Schleich was awarded the coveted Orden Pour le Mérite (PLM) in December 1917, after he had achieved twenty-five victories. In June 1918, he was awarded Bavaria’s highest decoration, the Knight’s Cross of the Military Max Joseph Order. The decoration included a knighthood, meaning he was known as Eduard Ritter von Schleich from that point onward. [For political reasons and Prussia’s hard feelings toward the often independent-minded Bavarians, von Schleich was never awarded the Prussian Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order, which usually was awarded BEFORE a PLM was bestowed. He was also removed from commanding a Prussian Jasta and reassigned to a Bavarian Jasta].
Like many of his fellow pilots, after the war von Schleich bounced around from one job to another. He joined the Nazi Party in 1931, although he was not particularly political. The Luftwaffe was established in 1935 under Hermann Göring’s command. Like von Schleich, Göring was a Bavarian PLM winner. He had commanded Manfred von Richthofen’s JG 1 until WW I’s end. Göring came to his old friend’s aid, assigning von Schleich to command some of the early fighter wings. When WW II began, however, older officers like von Schleich were removed from front-line service. [Von Schleich had been rather old for a WW I pilot. While most pilots had been in their early-to-mid 20's, von Schleich was already twenty-nine in 1917. So by WW II’s early years, von Schleich was in his early 50's. He was promoted to Generalmajor and commanded forces in Denmark first, then later in Norway. Poor health plagued him once more, so he retired from active service in 1944 as a Generalleutnant. He was in British hands at the war’s end. Although some attempts were made to charge him as a war criminal, nothing came of it. However, von Schleich died in 1947 still a captive of the British.
Jack’s painting depicts von Schleich in his black Fokker D. VII, shooting down his thirty-fifth and final victim, a Frenchman. The details of von Schleich’s airplane are simply amazing. In addition to being an author and painter, Jack Hunter was a historian of WW I aviation and possessed an extensive research library that enabled him to produce a historically-correct painting. Meticulous in his preparation, Jack typically executed many work sketches prior to commencing his final painting. Jack had a knack for catching the true beauty of airplanes in flight. To Jack, it ALL was about the airplane. He had no interest in painting people, just the action in the air.
The painting measures 19" x 23" within a high-end, custom-made, triple-matted frame. Although it is modern-day, the gilt-toned inner wooden molding has an Imperial German Period "look." The framed painting’s overall dimensions are 32" x 33 ½."  A cutout section within the frame features an original von Schleich Sanke Card (number 596) wherein he stands proudly in a studio wearing his PLM. Another cutout features a 2 ½" x 5" black plaque (with gold letters) that proclaims the information listed below.

Eduard Ritter von Schleich
1888-1947
The Black Knight’s Last Victory
by Jack D. Hunter

We are very pleased to offer this original painting from my personal collection that depicts one of the Great War’s most colorful Imperial German pilots.
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16-391 ORIGINAL PAINTING FEATURING TWO JASTA 11 FOKKER Dr. 1's (TRIPLANES) AND ONE BRITISH NIEUPORT 17c by JACK D. HUNTER.  The late Jack D. Hunter was an amazing talent and a good friend. One of my favorite "Jack" stories occurred when his first book (The Blue Max) was being prepared for publication. As was standard for first-time authors, Jack was informed that his dust jacket would be rendered in black and white (artwork AND color were too expensive for a writer without a proven sales record). Jack, however, told the publisher that HE would provide the artwork if the dust jacket was published in color. The publisher printed 5,000 (a first-time author’s standard run) hardback copies, in color, as The Blue Max’s first edition. It became a top-seller as soon as it was published, then quickly was snapped up and turned into a major motion picture starring George Peppard, James Mason, and Ursula Andress. Jack went on to write seventeen books before his 2009 death. In addition, he became a talented aviation artist whose work resides in museums’ and enthusiasts’ art collections all over the world. Throughout his years as an artist, Jack produced paintings in two basic sizes. His more commonly-seen artwork was larger, measuring 13 ½" x 18 ½." Occasionally, Jack also produced a smaller size that measured 9 3/8" x 14 3/8." Today we are offering the larger painting, which is displayed within a 18 3/4" x 23 3/4" frame. The simple, elegant black molded frame is accented by an inner, gold trim band. The painting’s single gray matte provides a subtle contrast to the colorful action of its subject, a pair of Jagdstaffel (Jasta) 11's Fokker Dr. 1's (the legendary Triplanes) engaging a British Nieuport 17c. The Nieuport 17c was a very nimble and accomplished aircraft. While it was a bit unusual for the RFC (later the RAF) to employ a French airplane, the British aircraft industry was hard-pressed to produce enough aircraft to supply an expanding air service, AND replace the massive, daily losses. Sheer necessity required that they purchase 527 Nieuport 17's from their French allies. Frankly, I rather enjoy seeing a Nieuport 17c here rather than the rather ubiquitous SE 5's or Sopwith Camels. The plane’s graceful lines and its fuselage’s unusual side construction make the aircraft uniquely French even when arrayed in British colors. British Squadron Numbers 1, 6, 11, 29, 32, 40, and 60 employed this aircraft. It is also interesting to note that top British air aces Albert Ball and Billy Bishop (1894-1956) favored the sleek Nieuport 17. [Ball was the fourth-leading British ace. Even though he was killed in 1917, he had won forty-five victories. His final air battle was with Lothar von Richthofen. Von Richthofen’s plane was shot up, so he withdrew to his airfield. Although the German High Command credited Richthofen with shooting Ball down, it was highly-unlikely. Ball evidently emerged from a cloud bank upside down following his pursuit of Richthofen, then crashed before he could recover. Ball was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously. Bishop’s total of seventy-two victories made him Great Britain’s top WW I ace]. The painting reveals that the Nieuport 17's pilot has just dispatched one triplane. The wounded Fokker is smoking and headed for the ground. The remaining Dr. 1 is preparing to engage the Nieuport. Both triplanes are dressed in Jasta 11's famous colors. Too often people tend to forget that only 320 Fokker Triplanes were produced during WW I. In spite of what movies such as 2006's Flyboys depict, entire squadrons of red triplanes did NOT make up 90% of the Imperial German Air Service. Also, the Dr. 1 was not an easy airplane for a novice to fly. An experienced pilot like Manfred von Richthofen could do amazing things with the plane. It took great skill, however. While the plane was extremely maneuverable, it was not speedy. [The Fokker D. VII was considered Germany’s finest WW I combat aircraft, with approximately 3,300 examples produced. Manfred von Richthofen was involved in its testing phase, but died before the airplanes reached the squadron level. The airplane was specifically prohibited by the Treaty of Versailles. All surviving examples were required to be destroyed or turned over to Allied authorities]. The painting’s reverse sports a typewritten description by Jack D. Hunter, describing its action in great detail. The description ends with his signature. This beautiful painting is a must for any collection, especially since it features two airplanes from WW I Germany’s most famous jasta. $2,195.00 

 

 

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16-392 ORIGINAL PAINTING FEATURING ONE ALBATROS D. Va AND ONE SE-5 by JACK D. HUNTER. The late Jack D. Hunter was an amazing talent and a good friend. One of my favorite "Jack" stories occurred when his first book (The Blue Max) was being prepared for publication. As was standard for first-time authors, Jack was informed that his dust jacket would be rendered in black and white (artwork AND color were too expensive for a writer without a proven sales record). Jack, however, told the publisher that HE would provide the artwork if the dust jacket was published in color. The publisher printed 5,000 (a first-time author’s standard run) hardback copies, in color, as The Blue Max’s first edition. It became a top-seller as soon as it was published, then quickly was snapped up and turned into a major motion picture starring George Peppard, James Mason, and Ursula Andress. Jack went on to write seventeen books before his 2009 death. In addition, he became a talented aviation artist whose work resides in museums’ and enthusiasts’ art collections all over the world. Throughout his years as an artist, Jack produced paintings in two basic sizes. His more commonly-seen artwork was larger, measuring 13 ½" x 18 ½." Occasionally, Jack also produced a smaller size that measured 9 3/8" x 14 3/8." Today we are offering one of his paintings in the smaller and more compact size. Its simple, elegant, black, molded frame measures 14 3/8" x 19 3/8." The painting’s subject is an encounter between an Albatros D. Va and a British SE-5. The Albatros is in the foreground and the SE-5 is in the background. The British plane is nosing down on his way to the ground. If you look carefully, you will note that some of the guy wires have become detached and the English bird is mortally wounded. In the lower left corner we see where Jack has signed the painting. The reverse features a hand printed note by Jack D. Hunter describing the painting’s action. The description ends with his signature. This beautiful painting would be outstanding in any collection. $1,495.00

 

 

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16-393 XJB ORIGINAL JACK D. HUNTER PAINTING FEATURING AMERICAN SE 5 ATTACKING A PAIR OF FOKKER D. VII's. My good friend, the late Jack Hunter, was both an accomplished writer (author of the legendary WW I aviation novel The Blue Max) and painter. The first example of his artwork appeared with the release of The Blue Max’s 1st edition. The publisher would not pay for a color dust jacket, so Jack volunteered to provide the artwork. This way his first published effort had the benefit of a more professional-looking dust jacket.
Jack continued to paint for more than forty years. He did so mostly for relaxation and to stimulate his mind in between those times when he was writing books. His painting is prized by collectors and has appeared in several museums. In Jack’s paintings, the airplanes were the "stars." He worked very hard to capture all of an airplane’s correct details. Before starting on a new painting, he first produced what he termed "work sketches." Many of these were in color. He endeavored to correctly portray ALL his subject aircraft’s historical details before he began the full painting. Even if he had previously produced paintings of Fokker Triplanes, he still painted a new "work sketch" to ensure its story’s details were absolutely accurate. For Jack, his painting was an extension of his writing: he always was telling a story. He usually included a typed or handwritten description of each painting’s action. These generally were attached to its reverse, to help its new owner understand the painting and its particular airplanes.
Our action in this painting occurs during the summer of 1918. America has been in the war for more than a year. Not only are American Armies taking their place in the trenches, but American pilots are joining their French comrades at the Front. When we think of WW I’s U.S. Army Air Service, we more often picture French Nieuports and Spads (as flown by top American ace Eddie Rickenbacker). Yet Americans also flew British aircraft. Here we see a bold American in a British SE 5, diving on a pair of unsuspecting Fokker D. VII’s. [His plane has no squadron markings, but a number 17 appears on the fuselage. Its tail number is F-875. One can see shell casings coming from the top wing-mounted machine gun]! The American has already put one of the Germans out of commission. As Jack recounts in his description, the American pilot is diving under the two and next will determine if he can pursue the survivor, or should retire for another day. The crippled D. VII is smoking heavily on its way to the earth.
The two finest WW I British airplanes were the Sopwith Camel and the SE 5. The Fokker D. VII arguably was WW I’s best fighter airplane. It certainly was the best the Germans had to offer. The Allies thought so highly of the D. VII that the Treaty of Versailles obliged Germany to hand over any that were still flyable, and not build any more. In addition to the D. VII’s superior flying characteristics, it was powered by a high-horsepower Mercedes-Benz engine, which gave it tremendous straight line and diving speed.
Jack primarily produced two different sized paintings. This is the larger of the two. The painting measures 14 ½"x 19 ½." The painting is single-matted. It sports a simple black frame, and its overall measurements are 19 ½" x 24 3/4." This is a fine opportunity to obtain an original piece of artwork from a multi talented artist. $1,995.00
 

 

 

 

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16-394 ORIGINAL JACK D. HUNTER PAINTING FEATURES ENGLISH DH 2 SHOOTING DOWN FOKKER E III (EINDECKER). My good friend, the late Jack Hunter, was both an accomplished writer (author of the legendary WW I aviation novel The Blue Max) and painter. The first example of his artwork appeared with the release of The Blue Max’s 1st edition. The publisher would not pay for a color dust jacket, so Jack volunteered to provide the artwork. This way his first published effort had the benefit of a more professional-looking dust jacket.
Jack continued to paint for more than forty years. He did so mostly for relaxation and to stimulate his mind in between those times when he was writing books. His painting is prized by collectors and has appeared in several museums. In Jack’s paintings, the airplanes were the "stars." He worked very hard to capture all of an airplane’s correct details. Before starting on a new painting, he first produced what he termed "work sketches." Many of these were in color. He endeavored to correctly portray ALL his subject aircraft’s historical details before he began the full painting. Even if he had previously produced paintings of Fokker Triplanes in the past, he still painted a new "work sketch" to ensure its story’s details were absolutely accurate. For Jack, his painting was an extension of his writing: he always was telling a story. He usually included a typed or handwritten description of each painting’s action. These generally were attached to its reverse, to help its new owner understand the painting and its particular airplanes.
Our action in this painting occurs during April 1916. The Fokker E. III had been Germany’s primary single-seater airplane during 1915 and through early 1916. Aces like Max Immelmann and Oswald Boelcke had made their reputations in it, becoming the first Imperial German Air Service pilots to be awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite. As was seen countless times during the air war, new technology was constantly appearing that made previous aircraft obsolete. The Fokker E. III was rendered obsolete by the likes of the British DH 2 (whose tail number is B7313). The latter was a very unusual airplane, as the engine and propeller were located behind the pilot.
In this painting, which is a vertical presentation, the Fokker E. III is beginning its final descent toward earth. The British pilot is looking down at his vanquished prey. A fine cloud cover appears above the planes, while a multicolored battlefield is below. Jack Hunter’s signature appears on the painting’s right lower corner.  Jack primarily produced two different sized paintings. This is the smaller of the two. The painting measures 9 ½"x 14 ½." The painting is single-matted. It sports a simple black frame, and its overall measurements are 14 3/4" x 19 3/4." This is a fine opportunity to obtain an original piece of artwork from a multi talented artist. $1,495.00
 

 

 

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16-397 ORIGINAL PAINTING - U. S. SALMSON TWO-SEATER FENDING-OFF PFALZ D-XII’S ATTACK by JACK D. HUNTER. The late Jack D. Hunter was an amazing talent and a good friend. One of my favorite "Jack" stories occurred when his first book (The Blue Max) was being prepared for publication. As was standard for first-time authors, Jack was informed that his dust jacket would be rendered in black and white (artwork AND color were too expensive for a writer without a proven sales record). Jack, however, told the publisher that HE would provide the artwork if the dust jacket was published in color. The publisher printed 5,000 (a first-time author’s standard run) hardback copies, in color, as The Blue Max’s first edition. It became a top-seller as soon as it was published, then quickly was snapped up and turned into a major motion picture starring George Peppard, James Mason, and Ursula Andress. Jack went on to write seventeen books before his 2009 death. In addition, he became a talented aviation artist whose work resides in museums’ and enthusiasts’ art collections all over the world. Throughout his years as an artist, Jack produced paintings in two basic sizes. Today we are offering one of his paintings in the smaller, more compact size. Its simple, elegant, black, molded frame measures 14 ½" x 19 ½."The painting’s subject is a duel between an American Salmson Observation Airplane and a Pfalz D. XII. In the action is the Salmson, decked out in camouflage and sporting the U.S. Army Air Service Roundel. The observer in the airplane’s back is manning his twin machine guns. The Pfalz D. XII has been critically wounded and is heading for a forced landing. The Pfalz D. XII was first brought into service in March 1918, at about the same time as the better-known Fokker D. VII. The Fokker was the better aircraft, but the Pfalz was still produced in large numbers (about 800). Although it was not as popular, it was a competent airplane. Jack’s signature appears in the lower left corner. The reverse features a hand-printed note by Jack D. Hunter describing the painting’s action. The description ends with his signature. Such a beautiful painting would make an outstanding addition to any collection. $1,495.00

 

 

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16-398 ORIGINAL PAINTING - BRITISH BE-12 PURSUED BY TWO ALBATROS FIGHTER-PLANES by JACK D. HUNTER. The late Jack D. Hunter was an amazing talent and a good friend. One of my favorite "Jack" stories occurred when his first book (The Blue Max) was being prepared for publication. As was standard for first-time authors, Jack was informed that his dust jacket would be rendered in black and white (artwork AND color were too expensive for a writer without a proven sales record). Jack, however, told the publisher that HE would provide the artwork if the dust jacket was published in color. The publisher printed 5,000 (a first-time author’s standard run) hardback copies, in color, as The Blue Max’s first edition. It became a top-seller as soon as it was published, then quickly was snapped up and turned into a major motion picture starring George Peppard, James Mason, and Ursula Andress. Jack went on to write seventeen books before his 2009 death. In addition, he became a talented aviation artist whose work resides in museums’ and enthusiasts’ art collections all over the world. Throughout his years as an artist, Jack produced paintings in two basic sizes. Today we are offering one of his paintings in the smaller, more compact size. Its simple, elegant, black, molded frame measures 14 ½" x 19 ½."The painting’s subject is a British BE-12. It was a single-seater scout plane that was in use in the summer of 1916. The airplane was no match for the Albatros (most likely an Albatros D. II or possibly an Albatros D. III) single-seaters that were just coming on line. In the distance two of the Albatros fighters are headed toward the British airplane. The airplane’s and pilot’s details are quite striking. The British aircraft’s tail number, "6537," is quite evident. Jack’s signature appears in the lower left corner. The reverse features a hand-printed note by Jack D. Hunter describing the painting’s action. The description ends with his signature. Such a beautiful painting would make an outstanding addition to any collection. $1,495.00

 

 

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16-400 ORIGINAL PAINTING - FOKKER D. VII. SHOOTING DOWN BRITISH S. E. 5. by JACK D. HUNTER. The late Jack D. Hunter was an amazing talent, and a good friend. One of my favorite "Jack" stories occurred when his first book (The Blue Max) was being prepared for publication. As was standard for first-time authors, Jack was informed that his dust jacket would be rendered in black and white (artwork AND color were too expensive for a writer without a proven sales record). Jack, however, told the publisher that HE would provide the artwork if the dust jacket was published in color. The publisher printed 5,000 (a first-time author’s standard run) hardback copies, in color, as The Blue Max’s first edition. It became a top-seller as soon as it was published, then quickly was snapped up and turned into a major motion picture starring George Peppard, James Mason, and Ursula Andress. Jack went on to write seventeen books before his 2009 death. In addition, he became a talented aviation artist whose work resides in museums’ and enthusiasts’ art collections all over the world.
Throughout his years as an artist, Jack produced paintings in two basic sizes. His more commonly-seen artwork was larger, while he occasionally produced a smaller size. Today we are offering the larger painting, which measures 19 ½" x 24 ½" within its frame. The simple, elegant, black, molded frame is accented by an inner, gold trim band, with a single, off-white matte providing a subtle contrast. The painting’s subject is a gray-colored Fokker D. V. II. The pilot looks on as his victim, an RAF S. E. 5, appears to be fatally hit. The S. E. 5. is zooming up and trailing a large plume of smoke. It is only a matter of time before the S. E. 5 noses down for his flight’s end. We cannot see the British pilot, so we cannot determine if he could still control his plane. Hopefully, he will be able to bring his plane to the ground the "easy" way.
Without a doubt, the Fokker D. V. II was the finest single-seater fighter aircraft that Germany produced during WW I. It replaced the Fokker Dr 1. and the Albatros D. V. as Germany’s front-line fighter plane. The D. V. II. was personally endorsed by Manfred von Richthofen. The airplanes started arriving at the front a month after his death. More than 3,300 examples were built. So deadly were they that the Versailles treaty required Germany to surrender all D. VII’s to the Allied authorities. It is said that the final commander of JG 1, Hermann Göring, ordered all of his planes to be destroyed rather than surrender them.
The S. E. 5 (Scout Experimental 5) first reached the front in March 1917, and more than 5,200 were built. The S. E. 5. and the Sopwith Camel were the best known British fighter planes.
Jack’s signature appears in the lower right corner. (The reverse does NOT display Mr. Hunter’s customary description of his painting’s action). Such a beautiful painting would make an outstanding addition to any collection. $2,095.00

 

 

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16-401 ORIGINAL PAINTING - ALBATROS C. III & BRISTOL "D" SCOUT by JACK D. HUNTER. The late Jack D. Hunter was an amazing talent, and a good friend. One of my favorite "Jack" stories occurred when his first book (The Blue Max) was being prepared for publication. As was standard for first-time authors, Jack was informed that his dust jacket would be rendered in black and white (artwork AND color were too expensive for a writer without a proven sales record). Jack, however, told the publisher that HE would provide the artwork if the dust jacket was published in color. The publisher printed 5,000 (a first-time author’s standard run) hardback copies, in color, as The Blue Max’s first edition. It became a top-seller as soon as it was published, then quickly was snapped up and turned into a major motion picture starring George Peppard, James Mason, and Ursula Andress. Jack went on to write seventeen books before his 2009 death. In addition, he became a talented aviation artist whose work resides in museums’ and enthusiasts’ art collections all over the world.
Throughout his years as an artist, Jack produced paintings in two basic sizes. Today we are offering one of his paintings in the smaller, more compact size. Its simple, elegant, black, molded frame measures 14 ½" x 19 ½."
The action of this painting shows a German Albatros C. III two seater airplane battling a British Bristol "D" Scout "Bullet." The C. III was one of Germany’s premiere two-seaters during the WW I. It was used for a variety of roles, including in observation squadrons, light bombers, and ground attacks. It was produced by Albatros, the well known firm that also produced some highly effective single-seater fighter planes that saw extensive service with front line jastas.
The Bristol "D" was one of the earliest single-seater airplanes the RFC used. It was used from 1914-1916. Approximately 374 planes were built. (They were actually built before machine guns were fitted to airplanes). The "D" Scout was obsolete by 1916, and was replaced by Sopwith Camels and S.E. 5's.
In the painting, the C. III is the central focus as the gunner observes his handiwork. The Bristol is nosing down and smoking heavily. The painting’s simple black frame sports a small gold trim band. It has a single green matte. Jack’s signature appears in the painting’s lower right corner.
The reverse displays a printed description of the action written and signed by Jack Hunter. $1,495.00

 

 

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16-402 ORIGINAL PAINTING - AMERICAN SALMSON SAL 2-A-2 - by JACK D. HUNTER. The late Jack D. Hunter was an amazing talent, and a good friend. One of my favorite "Jack" stories occurred when his first book (The Blue Max) was being prepared for publication. As was standard for first-time authors, Jack was informed that his dust jacket would be rendered in black and white (artwork AND color were too expensive for a writer without a proven sales record). Jack, however, told the publisher that HE would provide the artwork if the dust jacket was published in color. The publisher printed 5,000 (a first-time author’s standard run) hardback copies, in color, as The Blue Max’s first edition. It became a top-seller as soon as it was published, then quickly was snapped up and turned into a major motion picture starring George Peppard, James Mason, and Ursula Andress. Jack went on to write seventeen books before his 2009 death. In addition, he became a talented aviation artist whose work resides in museums’ and enthusiasts’ art collections all over the world.
Throughout his years as an artist, Jack produced paintings in two basic sizes. His more commonly-seen artwork was larger, while he occasionally produced a smaller size. Today we are offering the larger painting, which measures 19 ½" x 24 ½" within its frame. The simple, elegant, black, molded frame is accented by an inner, gold trim band, with a single, blue matte providing a subtle contrast.
The subject of the painting is a French-built Salmson SAL 2-A-2, flown by a U.S. Army Air Service crew. With the USA’s late entry into WW I, the bulk of the flown airplanes were either British or French-manufactured. Such was the case with the Salmson SAL 2-A-2. About 3,200 planes were built. They first came into service in 1917, and were the primary two-seaters used by the French Army during the WW I’s final years.
In the painting’s action, the Americans are in full battle with a pair of Albatros D. Va’s. The Salmson’s gunner is shown with his twin machine guns blazing. If you look closely enough, you can see the shell casings are flying. One of the Albatros’s is smoking as it descends. Bits and pieces of it are trailing back. The other D. Va is flying nearby.
Jack Hunter’s signature appears in the lower right corner. On the reverse is a typewritten description of the action, which is also signed by Jack Hunter. $1,995.00

 

 

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16-405 ORIGINAL PAINTING - BRITISH BE 2c (IDENTIFIED AS A BE 12) TAKING OFF FROM AIRFIELD by JACK D. HUNTER. The late Jack D. Hunter was an amazing talent, and a good friend. One of my favorite "Jack" stories occurred when his first book (The Blue Max) was being prepared for publication. As was standard for first-time authors, Jack was informed that his dust jacket would be rendered in black and white (artwork AND color were too expensive for a writer without a proven sales record). Jack, however, told the publisher that HE would provide the artwork if the dust jacket was published in color. The publisher printed 5,000 (a first-time author’s standard run) hardback copies, in color, as The Blue Max’s first edition. It became a top-seller as soon as it was published, then quickly was snapped up and turned into a major motion picture starring George Peppard, James Mason, and Ursula Andress. Jack went on to write seventeen books before his 2009 death. In addition, he became a talented aviation artist whose work resides in museums’ and enthusiasts’ art collections all over the world.
Throughout his years as an artist, Jack produced paintings in two basic sizes. Today we are offering one of his paintings in the smaller, more compact size. Its simple, elegant, black, molded frame measures 14 ½" x 19 ½." The painting’s action depicts a British BE 2c, which Jack misidentifies as a BE 12. I find this interesting, as Jack heavily researched his subjects before he began a painting. Nevertheless, we find that he has identified the plane as a BE 12, a single-seater fighter that was not used until 1916. Instead, it is the BE 2c, which preceded the BE 12 and was a two-seater observation version. We can verify our correction of Jack in two ways. First, and most important, two men are seated in the airplane as it takes off from its airfield. We can also clearly identify the two separate sections in which they are seated. Second, Jack writes that the scene is from 1915. The BE 2c had been in service since 1912, while the BE 12 would not join the RFC until August 1916.
We see Jack’s signature in the painting’s lower left portion. The painting’s simple black frame sports a small gold trim band. It has a single, blue matte. The painting’s reverse displays a very small yellow tag on which Jack describes the painting’s action. Another tag also appears, on which the original owner states that this is a very early Hunter. $1,495.00
 

 

 

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16-407 ORIGINAL PAINTING - GOTHA G. V. BOMBER ATTACKED BY SE-5A by JACK D. HUNTER. The late Jack D. Hunter was an amazing talent, and a good friend. One of my favorite "Jack" stories occurred when his first book (The Blue Max) was being prepared for publication. As was standard for first-time authors, Jack was informed that his dust jacket would be rendered in black and white (artwork AND color were too expensive for a writer without a proven sales record). Jack, however, told the publisher that HE would provide the artwork if the dust jacket was published in color. The publisher printed 5,000 (a first-time author’s standard run) hardback copies, in color, as The Blue Max’s first edition. It became a top-seller as soon as it was published, then quickly was snapped up and turned into a major motion picture starring George Peppard, James Mason, and Ursula Andress. Jack went on to write seventeen books before his 2009 death. In addition, he became a talented aviation artist whose work resides in museums’ and enthusiasts’ art collections all over the world.
Throughout his years as an artist, Jack produced paintings in two basic sizes. Today we are offering one of his paintings in the smaller, more compact size. Its simple, elegant, black, molded frame measures 19 ½" x 24 ½." It sports a single-matte. The painting’s subject is a German Gotha G. V. Bomber flying over Southeast England. It has become separated from the rest of its squadron, and is heading for home.
The Gotha was one of Germany’s best-known WW I bombers. Considered a heavy bomber, it was produced in three variations: the G. V., the G. Va., and the G. Vb. A total of 205 G. V.’s was built between 1917 and 1918. According to Jack Hunter, they carried twelve bombs and flew at 92 mph. The bomber carried a crew of three and had multiple machine guns to protect itself. The Gotha had two engines to propel it. It was a "pusher" aircraft, meaning its propellers were located aft of the engines to "push" the airplane.
In the painting, the Gotha is being attacked by a SE-5a coming from above. Arguably, the SE-5 and Sopwith Camel were Britain’s best-known WW I fighter planes. Nearly 5,200 SE-5's, SE-5a’s and SE-5b’s were built. The SE-5 was flown by many top British and American aces. (An original SE-5 can be seen at the U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio). The first SE-5's reached the front in March 1917, and were flown by the RFC’s famous 56th Squadron. One of its unique features was a single machine gun mounted in front of the pilot on its cowl. A second was mounted on the top wing.
Jack’s signature appears in the painting’s lower right corner. The painting’s reverse displays a printed description of the action written and signed by him. $1,995.00
 

 

 

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Aviation Tunics

 

15-511 XMK ENLISTED MAN’S TUNIC - PRUSSIAN LUFTSCHIFFER-ABTEILUNG. This is a consignment item. It is a pre WW I enlisted man’s tunic from a Luftschiffer-Abteilung. As a prewar tunic, it is dark-blue (dunkel-blau) rather than feldgrau. The tunic has eight silver-toned buttons that extend down the tunic's front. Red trims the collar’s top and extends down the tunic&'s front. The same trim is seen at the cuffs. The collar has a black background and two very long kragenspiegel that wrap around the collar’s front and side. The cuffs are also black, with twin white kragenspiegel. Set on each of these two kragenspiegel are another two silver-toned buttons. The shoulder straps are red, with a yellow embroidered "L." Each shoulder strap’s underlay is dark-blue. One end of the strap is sewn-in, while the other is attached with a smaller, domed, silver-toned button. Each button sports a "2" for Kompagnie Nr 2. The vent flap on the tunic’s rear is trimmed in red and features another six silver-toned buttons. Inside the tunic, we see it is a privately-purchased item, complete with a silk liner. Only a trace of moth tracking shows on the surface. It is a superb tunic. $1,795.00  Reduced Price $1,575.00!!

 

 

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Documents, Militärpäße, etc.

 

21-249 MILITÄRPAß - BAVARIAN LUFTSCHIFFER ERSATZ ABTEILUNG. This is a militärpaß for a Bavarian soldier from a Luftschiffer Ersatz Abteilung. The man’s name was Fischer. He was born in 1898. He joined the army in 1917 and was initially assigned to a Bavarian Luftschiffer Ersatz Abteilung. The militärpaß has a flip down page where you can see his complete service for nearly two years of WW I. In addition to numerous unit stamps from his initial unit, a stamp for his assignment to Feldluftschiffer-Abteilung Nr 1 is also present. A unit stamp for a Prussian Luftschiffer-Abteilung also appears, which I find particularly interesting. The militärpaß comes in a protective jacket. It has a wealth of material to research and dig into. $250.00

 

 

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16-427 FLIEGER ERSATZ ABTEILUNG Nr 7 MILITÄRPAß. This is an interesting militärpaß for a young soldier from Flieger Ersatz Abteilung Nr 7. He was attached to Kompagnie Nr 3, located in Braunschweig. He entered the military in 1917. His was a training reserve unit that assembled men for the re-assignment to other locations at the front. We see that he served in numerous Prussian units, as well as a Saxon aviation unit.
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16-264 ENVELOPE WITH UNIT STAMPS FOR FELD-FLIEGER-ABTEILUNG Nr 20. This is a white envelope that measures 3 1/2" x 5 1/4." It has unit stamps in two places for Feld-Flieger-Abteilung Nr 20. One stamp appears in the obverse’s lower left corner. The second is over the tip’s flap on the reverse. $45.00  

 

 

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16-350 MILITÄRPAß - BAVARIAN SOLDIER/AVIATOR. This is a militärpaß for a Bavarian named Wilhelm Veidt. Veidt was born in 1897. He mustered into the army on 4 April 1916. His first service was in the I. Ersatz-Bataillon of Infanterie-Regiment Nr 19. The unit was based at 1. Rekruten-Depot. He reported to the front as a member of this Bavarian regiment. He was posted to a Bavarian Flieger-Abteilung later in the war. Unit stamps appear from both regiments. The replaced cover of the militärpaß indicates that Veidt served in the army from 4 April 1916 through 17 February 1919. It is an interesting militärpaß for a Bavarian soldier/aviator. $125.00

 

 

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16-351 MILITÄRPAß - SAXON SOLDIER/AVIATOR. This is a militärpaß for a man born in 1889 in Leipzig, Saxony. He entered (or re-entered) the army in 1916. He was assigned to 4. Infanterie-Regiment Nr 103. As we thumb through the militärpaß, we see that he demonstrated his proficiency with the Mauser rifle. We also see his regiment’s unit stamp. After his service in this regiment, he served in a Prussian Flieger-Abteilung. The militärpaß contains many interesting entries. It is housed in a cover. It is a fine militärpaß for a Saxon soldier. $125.00

 

 

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16-348 SOLDBUCH - AVIATION SOLDIER. This is a soldbuch for an aviation soldier named Hermann Schwanz [please, no jokes, it IS his name. It means "tail" in German]. He was born in 1888. He served in several aviation units and survived the war. It contains unit notations and stamps. At the time his soldbuch was issued, he was assigned to Flieger Ersatz Abteilung Nr 14. $125.00

 

 

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16-337 ENLISTED MAN’S SOLDBUCH - FLIEGER-ERSATZ-BATAILLON Nr 1, Nr 4, & Nr 10. This is an enlisted man’s soldbuch (pay book) from Flieger-Ersatz-Bataillon Nr 1, Nr 4, and Nr 10. Several of the book’s pages are loose. Some blurring occurs in places where water affected small portions of the information and entries. Still, it is a very fetching item from a soldier attached to an aviation unit. $195.00

 

 

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12-346 SOLDIER'S WWI AND WWII MILITÄRPAß AND WEHRPAß. This is a matched pair of service books for a soldier who served in both WW I and WW II. The man’s last name was Roy. He was born in 1899. He served as a mechanic in several Flieger Abteilungen during the war. He was released from service in 1919. His WW II Wehrpaß has his photo. It shows service both before and during WW II. $250.00

 

 

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14-109 AVIATION SOLDIER'S SOLDBUCH AND MILITÄRPAß. This soldbuch and militärpaß belonged to the same soldier. His last name is Wossner. As we look through his militärpaß, we see that he was born in 1896 and that he was a native of Württemberg. We can tell that he passed through the 3rd Recruit Depot with Infanterie Regiment Nr 125 in October 1915. He was immediately reassigned to Flieger-Ersatz-Abteilung Nr 10 near Stuttgart. Entries continue from his November reassignment through December 1916 with him attached to Flugpark 5 (a training depot and point of distribution of aviation personnel to front line squadrons.). We then see notations for Flieger-Abteilung (A) Nr 211, which is dated 21 November 1918, so he obviously survived the war.  Unit stamps for FA 201 and 210 from the period of 1917-1918 also appear. His soldbuch has entries for FA 202, 207, and 210, along with his service in these units. He was a well traveled ground crewman by any means. It is unusual to be able to offer both the militärpaß and the soldbuch together. $150.00

 

 

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16-334 NEWS CLIPPING - MAX IMMELMANN’S LAST VICTORY AND DEATH. This is a news clipping relating Max Immelmann’s last aerial victory and his death in combat. The clipping is dated June (1916) and measures 5” x 3 1/2.” Immelmann, along with Oswald Boelcke, was one of the first German aviators to receive the Orden Pour le Mérite in January 1916. $95.00

 

 

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16-365 PHOTOGRAPH - POSTCARD - MAP GROUP. This is a group that consists of original photographs, postcards, and an observation squadron map. The group has seventeen original photographs. They are quite varied and include a pose of the squadron’s ground crew posing in front of what appears to be a Fokker Eindecker, as well as the officers as they party-hearty. Some shots show airplanes flying, while others are individual poses of the squadron’s airmen. Two photographs display captured French and British airplanes. The other three postcards are detailed in the photos that accompany our description. Last, but not least, is a map used by German aviators for flight in Germany. When fully opened, the map measures 17" x 14 ½." It is stamped three times on the reverse and once on the obverse for "Fliegerstation Meß, Kartenberwaltung, 2. Komp. Flieger=Batl Nr 4." The map is in color. It is a 1907 series that was updated in 1914. The map shows Berlin and the areas in the Northeast. The map, like the group’s other items, is in fine condition.$895.00

 

 

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16-354 NEWSPAPER ANNOUNCEMENT - OSWALD BOELCKE'S 19th AERIAL VICTORY.< This is a newspaper from June 1916. The headline boldly announces Oswald Boelcke’s 19th victory. Boelcke had been awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite in January 1916, along with Max Immelmann. Boelcke’s 19th victory actually took place on 27 June 1916. His victim was a French Nieuport. Number 19 is important, as it was his last in FA 62. [Max Immelmann, who achieved fifteen total victories, had fallen eleven days earlier on 18 June 1916. Boelcke then became the "ace of aces." His final score of forty victories was not surpassed until 13 April 1917 when Manfred von Richthofen, Boelcke’s pupil, achieved forty-one victories]. All nineteen of Boelcke’s victories up to 27 June 1916 had taken place in FA 62. It is historically important to note that Boelcke’s next victory took place on 2 September 1916, after he had assumed Jasta 2's command. It was a result of changes he had instituted, using dedicated squadrons of single-seater aircraft, which we call fighter planes today. The front page deals with other war news. The four-page Berlin paper is filled with articles and maps of the action. Page four has some interesting advertisements, including the "Herzog Ernst August Constantin-Cigarette," and an ad for a 100,000-Mark lottery. It is an interesting piece of history. $125.00

 

 

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16-410 1938 GERMAN ENGINEERING POSTCARD. This postcard started life as one that would have been used for the Imperial Period’s (Kaiser Zeit) Air Mail. Mention of that fact has been blacked out. Instead, it was mailed as a postcard regarding German technical or engineering prowess. It has been stamped with the date, 12 April 1938. A swastika appears on the stamp. The date stamp is repeated at the top over a postage stamp that depicts von Hindenburg in profile. A message is on the reverse. $25.00
 

 

 

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16-411 FLOWN PRE WW I AIRMAIL POSTCARD. This is a postcard that was flown by airmail prior to WW I. The postcard was specially printed and offered to collectors who wanted to obtain a postcard that had actually flown on an airplane. It was an early offering, as it was flown barely nine years after the Wright Brothers’ first flight. The specially-printed postcard proudly proclaims that it was flown by airplane from Frankfurt am Rheine. It was double cancelled on 22 June 1912. A special 20-pfennig postage stamp was used. On the obverse, where an address was inserted, is a stamp for "Schufein & Co. Berlin." The postcard was addressed, but no message was written on it. $95.00

 

 

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16-389 PRE WW I AIRMAIL FLOWN POSTCARD. This is a postcard that was flown by airmail prior to WW I. The postcard was specially printed and offered to collectors who wanted to obtain a postcard that had actually flown on an airplane. It was an early offering, as it was flown barely nine years after the Wright Brothers’ first flight. The specially printed postcard proudly proclaims that it was flown by airplane from Frankfurt am Rhein. It was double cancelled on 22 June 1912. A special 20-pfennig postage stamp was used. The postcard was addressed, but no message was written on it. $95.00

 

 

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Artwork, Photographs, Models, etc.

 

16-446 ORIGINAL AVIATION PHOTOGRAPHS FOLIO. This is a folio of original aviation photographs.  Although they are not contained in an album, they are housed in a clear plastic folio.  It features openings that render them easy to remove, and view on both the obverse and reverse.  The folio contains seventeen large-format photos that measure 5” x 7.”  It also has twenty-nine small-format photos that are approximately postcard-sized. Three actual postcards, and a menu round out the selection.
The photos feature a number of shots of airplanes on the ground and in the air. One particular photo shot from a plane highlights an observation balloon.  Poses of air crews are included, as well as a very haunting photo of a crashed plane with its pilot’s body lying on a wall beside it.  A German soldier stands guard over the fallen airman and his airplane. Most of these photos come from Flieger-Abteilung Nr 212.  It is a fine collection with plenty of research opportunities for those interested.  It is becoming increasingly difficult to find this many aviation-related photos in one place. Collectors in Germany snap them up as quickly as they find them. $495.00

 

 

 

 

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16-447 LIMITED EDITION PRINT "THE RINGMASTER" by STAN STOKES. Stan Stokes is one of today’s premier WW I aviation artists. We are offering a signed and numbered print of his "The Ringmaster." The limited edition print is number 2389/4750, and measures 11 ½" x 16." The print’s subject is Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen (1892-1918) and his feared Fokker Dr 1 triplane. He has pulled behind two British Sopwith Camels that are pursuing another Dr 1. Included with the print is a COA (Certificate of Authenticity) that features a brief biography of von Richthofen. It is a handsome, colorful rendition of the "Red Baron." $75.00   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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16-448 LIMITED EDITION PRINT "MOONLIGHT RENEGADE" by STAN STOKES. Stan Stokes is one of today’s premier WW I aviation artists. We are offering a signed and numbered print of his "Moonlight Renegade." The limited edition print is number 2041/4750, and measures 11 ½" x 16." The print’s subject is Zeppelin L-48's raid over England on 16 June 1917. The L-48 was a part of a larger zeppelin raiding party that evening. British pilot Captain Robert Saundby led a more than three hour chase of the zeppelin until the L-48 was shot down in flames. Amazingly, two L-48 crew members survived the attack, the only zeppelin crew members to ever survive being shot down.
The moment of the explosion is caught in this print. Included with it is a COA (Certificate of Authenticity) that describes the evening’s action.
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16-445 COLORIZED PRINTS MADE FROM WARTIME PHOTOGRAPH OF MANFRED von RICHTHOFEN WITH EARLY JASTA 11 MEMBERS. During the period of January-September 1917, Jasta 11 was WW I’s German dream squadron. The group, including Manfred and Lothar von Richthofen, Kurt Wolff, Karl Allmenröder, Karl Emil Schäfer, Sebastian Festner, and Otto Brauneck, brought Jasta 11 great fame and honor. Only one group member survived the war (Lothar von Richthofen, who died in a 1922 air crash. The print measures 16 3/4" 11." The print was produced from a wartime photograph depicting von Richthofen with his "cubs." The Baron is seated in his red Albatros D. III. The photo was taken in early 1917. Later in the year, the month that became known as "Bloody April" was disastrous for the RFC when Jasta 11 shot down nearly one-hundred British airplanes.
These are attractive colorized prints suitable for framing. They measure 8 /2" x 11" I only have four of them.
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16-443 FULL COLOR LIMITED EDITION POSTER: AUSTRIA’S LEADING ACE HAUPTMANN GOODWIN BRUMOWSKI. The leading ace of Austria-Hungary was Hauptmann Goodwin Brumowski, with thirty-five confirmed victories. Our offering today is a full color poster that measures 23" x 18" It describes Brumowski’s career and features a likeness of the last airplane he flew during the war. The depiction’s central theme is a profile view of the Albatros D. III (OEF) that Brumowski flew at the war’s end. The airplane is a vivid red and black, with a macabre white skull. Below the airplane we see a large Austrian Field Pilot badge with information about Brumowski’s career. The limited-edition print is signed and numbered by its artist. It is poster number 551/950. [When I was doing research on this flyer, I read a story that describes his no-nonsense attitude. He was being put forward for the highest military medal that Austria could offer. The usual practice was for nominee-designate to apply to a generaloberst for the medal. He wrote back that he would not do so. He went on to say that if his conduct and performance merited the award, HE felt no need to ask for it. The story’s end is that he NEVER did receive the decoration. He was quite a strong-willed individual, don’t you think?] $50.00

 

 

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16-335 ORIGINAL ARTWORK FROM THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY - THE RED BARON (DER ROTE KAMPFFLIEGER) by BARON MANFRED von RICHTHOFEN. In 1917 Manfred von Richthofen wrote his autobiography, Der Rote Kampfflieger. In 1969, noted von Richthofen expert Peter Kilduff translated the work into English. Stanley M. Ulanoff was the work’s editor. It included not only the translation, but sections written by (and translated when necessary) his brothers, Lothar and Bolko von Richthofen, Captain Roy Brown, and Hermann Göring. Further, it contained many photographs of von Richthofen and other noted pilots, along with the aircraft they flew. Tables of other interesting information were included in the book. Today we are offering the ORIGINAL artwork used with the book. The front cover features a painting of “The Red Baron” while the rear cover shows von Richthofen’s famed Fokker Dr 1 Triplane in aerial combat with an enemy. These two paintings are mounted on a single board. Von Richthofen’s portrait measures 13 1/2” x 11 1/2.” The painting of the Triplane measures 11 1/4” x 7 1/2.” This is a rare opportunity to obtain original artwork related to Germany’s leading WW I ace, one of the greatest pilots of all time. $850.00

 

 

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16-126 XKK PAINTING OF FREIHERR MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN. This painting was done by an amateur artist who lives in Minnesota. It measures 24" x 18" and depicts the Baron in his famous ulanka (tunic). Von Richthofen is superimposed against the sky. He is wearing his Pour le Mérite, 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, Prussian Pilot Badge, and the ribbon for the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class looped through a buttonhole of his tunic. This painting is ready to display as it is on its canvas, or you may have it framed as suits your individual taste. Shipping for this item will be $20.00. $125.00. Reduced to $75.00!!

 

 

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16-380 ORIGINAL PRE WW I AVIATION LITHOGRAPH. This is an original lithograph that was removed from an aviation book. At the bottom we see that it came from Die Eroberung der Luft. Penciled at the bottom we see the date, 1911. From an Austrian aviation book, it handsomely depicts a prewar aviation scene. The image itself measures 14 1/2" x 11 1/4." $95.00

 

 

 

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16-403 METAL FOKKER Dr 1. TRIPLANE WALL PLAQUE. This is a highly detailed metal wall plaque of the Fokker Dr. 1 Triplane. This plaque measures 11" x 8 1/4." The fuselage is yellow, the tail and wheels are red, while the engine cover and struts are black.  I believe the plane is made of stamped steel. A hanger is available on the reverse. The reverse displays a stamp stating that it was made in the USA (refreshing)! The date, "1975," is also stamped on the reverse, which may indicate its year of manufacture. $75.00

 

 

 

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16-383 THREE LARGE-FORMAT PHOTOGRAPHS - CRASHED GERMAN AIRPLANES. This group of three photographs depicts airplanes that have crash landed. The three photographs all measure 5" x 7." $50.00
 

 

 

 

 

 

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16-384 THREE LARGE-FORMAT PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN FROM OBSERVATION AIRPLANE. This is a fine group of four large-format original phonographs. Two show the ground below since they were on patrol when not taking actual observation photographs. The third shows the French Fort Manonvillier. Each photograph measures 7 1/4" x 4 3/4." One of the photos has a piece of its corner missing. $50.00
 

 

 

 

 

 

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14-375 1:48 SCALE DIECAST MODEL - FRIEDRICH RITTER von ROTH’S ALBATROS D. V. Friedrich Ritter von Roth (1893-1918) was a leading pilot and PLM-winner during WW I. He had a total of twenty-eight confirmed victories, twenty of which were over observation balloons. Some people might think shooting down balloons was easy work, but it was dangerous. Balloons had many AA batteries nearby to protect them. Roth was known for flying an Albatros D. V. when he was with Jasta 23b. This is a limited edition model, part of "The Aviation Archive" from Corgi. It is Model Number 3,101 of the 3,940 that were produced. It comes in deluxe packaging. It has a display stand if you wish to mount it. The carton’s overall size is 8 ½" x 8 ½" x 3." The model comes in its original packaging, which we will not unwrap so that it is factory fresh for the new owner. $75.00

 

 

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Aviation Related Books & Magazines

 

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16-457 FREIFRAU von RICHTHOFEN: MEIN KRIEGSTAGBUCH. This is a hard cover German-language book written by Freiherr Manfred von Richthofen’s mother, who was born Kunigunde von Schickfuss und Neudorff. It contains nearly two hundred pages that are liberally illustrated with photos of Manfred and her other children, his brothers Lothar and Bolko and elder sister Ilse. It also contains photos of Jasta 11's and JG Nr 1's pilots. The book was published in 1937, and features a forward from Hermann Göring.
It tells a touching story of a mother dealing with two very active sons who were born to the traditions of minor Prussian nobility. Their father was a military man, Major Albrecht von Richthofen, who served in the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War. It was obvious that both older sons would become military men. Lothar eventually entered service in a Dragoner-Regiment, while Manfred served in Ulanen-Regiment Kaiser Alexander der III. von Russland (1. Westpreußisches) Nr. 1. From that regiment Manfred transferred to the Imperial German Air Service in 1915. Initially, he was an observer, and later served as a pilot. Once this happened, Oswald Boelcke recognized von Richthofen’s promise and put him in the newly established Jasta Nr 2.
After Boelcke’s death in October 1916, the young von Richthofen received his own PLM and Jasta in January 1917. He was transferred to the struggling Jasta Nr 11 and the rest was history as he led that Jasta to glory. Later, Jagdgeschwader Nr 1 (JG Nr 1) was founded for him in the summer of 1917, combining Jasta Nrs 4, 6, 10, and 11). Manfred also was shot down in the Summer of 1917. He received a severe head wound that put him out of action for several months and was never quite the same. Many other members of JG Nr 1 were killed in combat including Werner Voß and Kurt Wolff, with whom he was very close, as well as such aces as Karl Allmenröder, Sebastian Festner, and Karl Schäfer. Finally, von Richthofen was shot down and killed on 21 April 1918.
It is interesting to note that Manfred’s mother survived the war and was forced to flee the family’s Lower Silesian estate (now Poland) as the Russian army advanced Westward toward Berlin and the heart of Germany. It is an interesting story about the mother of Germany’s greatest WW I ace, as well as his brother Lothar, himself an ace with forty confirmed victories to Manfred’s eighty. This is a VERY rare book.
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16-454 MANFRED FREIHERR von RICHTHOFEN by ROLF ITALIAANDER. This is a German-language book that was published in 1942 during WW II’s early years. It is a small format book, and comes complete with a color dust jacket that shows von Richthofen wearing his "Blue Max." The book is in remarkably good condition and has one hundred fifty-five pages. It contains NO photographs, but does show a pen and ink sketch of the von Richthofen Coat-of-Arms. $95.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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16-455 JAGD IN FLANDERNS HIMMEL by OBERLEUTNANT KARL BODENSCHATZ. This is a German-language book that was written in 1935 by Oberleutnant Karl Bodenschatz. The book is a soft cover edition with a color front cover. The book has one hundred ninety-nine pages. Bodenschatz was an infantry officer who was wounded four times early in the war. He transferred to the Imperial German Air Service and served initially as JG Nr 2's adjutant. He later transferred in the same role to JG Nr 1, the famed Richthofen’s Flying Circus. He served under Manfred von Richthofen until his death in April of 1918. He then served in the same unit under Hermann Göring from July 1918 until WW I ended. He later joined the Luftwaffe in 1935 and became a General der Flieger serving as the adjutant between Hermann Göring and Adolf Hitler. The book is liberally illustrated with photos of JG 1's pilots and airplanes. It also contains several photos in the 1930's as the Luftwaffe was being formed.
It contains many details from the viewpoint of a man who saw all aspects of JG Nr 1's operation, from the pilots’ perspective as well as from an administrative/operational viewpoint. The book is in excellent condition for being nearly eighty-years-old.
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16-456 GÖRING: SOLDAT und FLIEGER by JOACHIM MATTHIAS. This is a small, hard cover, German-language book about Hermann Göring. The book has a dust jacket and is ninety-nine pages long. The book was published in 1935 after the Luftwaffe’s formation. With Göring assuming the Luftwaffe’s command, the public had a great deal of interest in the new German Air Force. The time period saw a lot of glorification of the Imperial German Air Service and its heroes, both living and dead. It contains no photos or illustrations. $35.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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16-458 AIR SERVICE - BOOK - BOELCKE DER MENSCH, DER FLIEGER, DER FÜHRER DER DEUTSCHEN JAGDFLIEGEREI - BY PROFESSOR JOHANNES WERNER. This is a German-language biography of Hauptmann Oswald Boelcke. While many German aces surpassed his final score of forty confirmed victories, he was still considered one of the best Imperial German Air Service pilots. He, along with Max Immelmann, was the first German aviator to be awarded the coveted Orden Pour le Mérite (PLM). [The PLM also was known as the "Blue Max" which was nicknamed for Max Immelmann]. At the time that they received their PLM’s in January 1916, each had eight kills. [A year later when Manfred von Richthofen was awarded his, sixteen confirmed kills were required. Later in the war, twenty were needed. Near WW I’s end, it took thirty]. In the nine months between his PLM and his death in October 1916, Boelcke amassed a mind-boggling forty victories. He was so far ahead of his nearest competitor that it took Manfred von Richthofen until April 1917 (Bloody April) to pass Boelcke. Had Boelcke not been killed in a midair collision in October 1916, I often wonder what score he might have reached, especially flying better airplanes such as the Albatros D. V, the Fokker Dr 1 and the Fokker D. VII.
The book which was published in 1932, a year before the Nazis came to power. It was also four years or so before Hermann Göring founded the Luftwaffe, at which time a proliferation of books about WW I aviation was published under Göring’s auspices. So, this book is free of the propaganda that ran rampant in those books. It is a more even-keeled account of one of Germany’s best aviators. It is also important to remember that Boelcke helped found the creation of the "Jastas," the hunting squadrons of single-seater aircraft.
The book is in very fine condition. It has two hundred twenty-five pages and is complete with its dust jacket. It is also liberally illustrated with photographs and maps.
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16-459 AIR SERVICE - BOOK - IMMELMANN, DER ADLER OF LILLE. This is a German-language biography of Max Immelmann. Immelmann, along with Oswald Boelcke, was the first German pilot to receive the Orden Pour le Mérite in January 1916 upon his eighth victory. Immelmann only lived until June 1916, when he died in combat with fifteen confirmed victories. His challenger, Boelcke, only outlived him by four months, but died with forty victories. Immelmann was credited with inventing the "Immelmann Turn," a maneuver that is used to this day. He was known as the "Eagle of Lille," the same as the title of THIS book. This volume remains one of the best biographies of Max Immelmann.
The book is in excellent condition and comes with its original dust jacket. It has around one hundred eighty-eight pages, and contains many photos and a map showing the area covered by Immelmann (including Lille), hence the title and nickname "The Eagle of Lille."
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16-460 AIR SERVICE - BOOK - DIE ABENTEUER DES FLIEGERS VON TSINGTAU - BY KAPITÄNLEUTNANT GUNTHER PLÜSCHOW. This is a soft cover German-language book. Gunther Plüschow (1886-1931) was a well-known pilot and an early WW I favorite. Plüschow was stationed at Imperial Germany’s Chinese colony based in Tsingtau. His exploits in China (before it was captured in late 1914) are recounted in this book, which was published in 1916. His was an amazing story as he moved across China, then sailed from China to San Francisco. He traveled across the U.S. and sailed on to Europe. His ship made port at Gibraltar, where he was arrested by the British who discovered that he was traveling under false documents. He was sent to a POW camp in England, from which he escaped and returned to Germany. Plüschow was the only German to escape during the war.
He was a pilot, explorer, and author. He was killed in 1931 while exploring Patagonia by air. Before fleeing China, he shot down a Japanese plane with a pistol! A Sanke Card was produced during WW I immortalizing him with other famous German aviators. The book contains a total of two hundred forty-seven pages and is in very good condition for being one-hundred years-old.
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16-461 AIR SERVICE - BOOK - IMMELMANN MEINE KAMPFFLÜGE. This is a soft cover German language book that deals with one of Germany’s two best aces, Max Immelmann. Immelmann, along with Oswald Boelcke, received the Orden Pour le Mérite in January 1916. Both were dead before the year’s end. This book was actually published in 1916, after his death in June. It features numerous photos of Immelmann, including one with a guard standing in front of his grave wearing a stahlhelm. The book has one hundred thirty-two pages and is in surprisingly good condition for being one-hundred years-old.
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16-462 AIR SERVICE - BOOK - ALS KAMPFFLIEGER AM SUEZ-KANAL - BY LEUTNANT HANS HENKELBURG. This is a hardback German-language book. It deals with aviation in the Middle East, which saw cooperation between Germany and Turkey against the British. The book was published during the war in 1917 and features photos and maps. It is an interesting book that deals with a little discussed topic. Some of Germany’s earliest aces spent some time in the area. The book is in excellent condition. It contains one-hundred-fifteen pages and displays a striking Turkish Pilot Badge on its front cover. $75.00  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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16-463 AIR SERVICE - BOOK - FLIEGER AM FEIND. This is a hardcover German-language book. It was published in 1934 and comes complete with a dust jacket. It even has a book marker attached to the book, which is a very fine touch. The expected photos of von Richthofen, Göring, and the other stars are present, as well as photos of lesser known fliers.
The German population remained greatly interested in both Army and naval aviation after WW I. The book deals with the Imperial German Air and Naval Services' zeppelins, as well as fixed-wing aviation. The pilots and observers are the stars here. It begins with a young star of the early war in the German colony of Tsingtau (which fell to the Japanese very early in the war). The book has three hundred pages and is liberally illustrated. The book will keep you entertained for hours.
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16-464 AIR SERVICE - BOOK - JÜDISCHE FLIEGER IM WELTKRIEG. This is a German-language book that deals with Jewish flyers in WW I. It is a hardback book, complete with its dust jacket, that was published in Berlin in 1924. It deals with Jewish aviators who flew for Imperial Germany during WW I. Interestingly, the dust jacket features a pilot in a single-seater airplane with an inverted swastika. It contains photographs and interesting stories about Jewish men who served their country.
A dedication appears on the flyleaf. The book has a total of one-hundred-twenty-four pages. Some of the early pages have come loose from the binding, and care should be taken while handling/examining the book.
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16-465  AIR SERVICE - BOOK - LUFTFAHRTEN IM FRIEDENEN UND KRIEGE - BY GERD FRITZ LEBERECHT. This is a hard cover German-language book that was published in 1913. It has a total of two hundred forty-seven pages. The condition of the book is astonishing. I had to look at the copyright date twice to believe that the book was more than one-hundred years-old.
The book deals with zeppelins prior to the beginning of WW I. While the German military did have some zeppelins, for the most part the zeppelin was a civil form of air transport. Many photos were taken from the air by zeppelins. Both prior to and during WW I, zeppelins had a great fascination for the German public. Pleas for funding were filled by Germans and they flocked to actually ride aboard a zeppelin and to have mail flown on board one. This same interest continued after the war with the launching of the zeppelins Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg, until May 1937 with the explosion of Hindenburg and the Graf Zeppelin’s grounding.

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16-451 DER F.D.L. FUHRER DER LUFTSCHIFFE BY THOR GOOTE. This is a hardcover German-language book that has 288 pages and was copyrighted in 1938. After the Nazis came to power in 1933, Herman Göring gained increased responsibility, especially once the Luftwaffe was formed. The German population subsequently developed a greater interest in aviation, leading to the publication of various books about Germany’s aviation heroes. This book is about Peter Strasser, the leader of WW I’s German naval zeppelins. He actually flew on zeppelin combat missions and was not strictly an administrative leader. In his time he was awarded the coveted Orden Pour le Mérite before getting killed in action while on a bombing mission to England. The book is in wonderful condition, with no stains. All its pages are intact, with crisp pictures. Its overall condition is excellent. It would make an excellent addition to any aviation or airship enthusiast’s collection.
Just inside the cover you will discover a great picture of Peter Strasser in uniform sporting his PLM. This is not the only photo you will find in the book. It contains over 40 images, including children watching in amazement as an airship lands in 1913. It also features some devastating photos of airship failures.
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16-452 GERMAN AIR POWER WORLD WAR I by JOHN H. MORROW JR. This is an English-language book that deals with the Imperial German Air Service. It was written in 1982 and comes complete with a dust jacket. The book itself is in excellent condition and contains 267 pages.
It is not a book about air aces, but rather a front line and behind the scene examination of the German Air Force. Chapter topics include: Year of Decision 1915, Toward Total War in the Air: January-October 1916, Turning the Screw: The Hindenburg Program October 1916-May 1917, To the Bitter End: April-November 1918, and The Inept Ally: Austro-Hungarian Aviation.
The book has illustrations, tables, charts, etc. It looks at topics like aircraft construction, wages paid workers, and costs to build aircraft. It is a unique look at the air war and how the Germans fought it. It is long out of publication and was originally published in small numbers.
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16-453 FRENCH AIRCRAFT OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR by DR. JAMES J. DAVILLA and ARTHUR M. SOLTAN. This is a massive book about WW I French aircraft that measures 2" x 9" x 12." It weighs a whopping 7 pounds and 9 ounces and has 618 pages. The book describes every French airplane of the Great War in detail. It is liberally illustrated and generally will tell you all that you could ever want to know! [Due to its weight, extra shipping will be required]. $125.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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16-444 HANDLEY PAGE BOMBERS OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR by CHAZ BOWYER. This book tells the story of the British large bombers that were classed against Germany’s Gotha Bombers.  The book contains a lot of technical information about the bombers, along with some interesting period photos.  Even the U.S. Air Service used these large bombers. $50.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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16-417 LAS AGUILAS AZULES (THE BLUE MAX) by JACK D. HUNTER. This is the Spanish edition of The Blue Max. The hit book, published in 1964, was made into a 20th Century Fox blockbuster starring George Peppard, James Mason, and Ursula Andress. It clearly is the best novel about German WW I aviation written-to-date. It paves the way for all others, as we watch Bruno Stachel attempt to rise from his humble origins by winning the Orden Pour le Mérite. Stachel is utterly ruthless as he claws his way to his goal, regardless of the cost to others. After the publication of Mr. Hunter’s books in the U.S. and Great Britain, he was published all over the world. This Spanish first-edition was published in 1966. It is complete with a dust jacket and is in very good condition, overall. $95.00
 

 

 

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16-423 RECOLLECTIONS OF AN AIRMAN by LT. COL. L. A. STRANGE. This is a hardback book that is complete with its dust jacket. It was published in Great Britain in 1989. It was first published in 1933. In it, Lt. Col. Strange recalls his experiences during the Great War. Strange was in aviation training when WW I began. He served all during the war and survived it. He flew and led squadrons and wings in France. He was also involved with training. It shows good examples of his experiences and his involvement. He was not a major figure in the air war, but was definitely present to see a fair amount of action. The book is long out-of-print. You will find it both satisfying and interesting. $40.00
 

 

 

 

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16-424 WINGED WARS VOLUME 1: THE GERMAN AIR WEAPON 1870-1914 by JOHN R. CUNEO. This is a second-edition of this book’s first volume, and was published in 1942. It is an English-language book and comes complete with a dust jacket. Mr. Cuneo deals with the early days of German aviation from  1870 to 1914. During the U.S. Civil War, observers from many nations came to see what developments the U.S. had employed in the art of warfare. The Germans had numerous observers here. They saw many major developments, which included those listed below.

1)  The use of railroads to move troops and supplies rapidly to where they were needed.
2)  The use of telegraphs to aid in command and control at the front, and to communicate with
     commanders about what was happening and what was expected from them, as well as to
     request men and material for the front.
3)  The use of observation balloons at the front.

The Prussians learned their lessons well, the first two developments listed above to great effect in routing the French Army during the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War. Observation balloons were used in the latter war, but were not nearly as important as in WW I. One of the German observers in the U.S. was none other than the young Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin (1838-1917). His view of balloons led to his creation of the first zeppelin in 1900.  As the years grew closer to WW I, both balloons and zeppelins took to the skies, as did fixed-wing aircraft. In this book airplanes did not yet take a major role, as neither the single-seater fighters nor the machine-gun-mounted aircraft had yet come into play. The book is illustrated with many drawings. It is most interesting. $50.00

 

 

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16-438 THE BLUE MAX BY JACK. D. HUNTER AUDIOCASSETTES. This is a complete set of CASSETTES for the hit aviation novel The Blue Max. A total of seven cassettes are housed in a storage album. The tapes are read by Tom Parker and were produced by Blackthorne Audio Books in 1995. I have owned these since 1998 and have used them twice. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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16-441 FLYBOYS: A STORY OF COURAGE BY JAMES BRADLEY. This is a hardcover, English-language book that was published in 2003. The book, which has nearly four hundred pages, deals with aspects of the Pacific Air War. Most of the pilots and men who are written about here were not well-known, beyond having endured the war’s terrible strain and having performed heroically. (They would never admit to the latter). The one exception was the young pilot of an Avenger Torpedo Bomber who crashed in the Pacific and was rescued by a submarine crew. The young George H. W. Bush went on later to become an United States President. The book contains numerous photos of many participants from both sides. Some are from back in the day, and others from well after WW II when, as old men, they met and became friends.
[Here is an interesting note about the author, James Bradley. Before writing this book, he wrote Flags of our Fathers, the story of the U.S. Marines and Navy Corpsman who raised the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima. The latter book became the basis of a movie directed by Clint Eastwood. At the same time, Eastwood also directed Letters From Iwo Jima, which recounted the battle from the Japanese perspective. I personally found it to be a very enlightening tale about the Japanese soldier. As a child of the 50's and 60's, I watched many American-made movies from the 1941-1945 period (and later), which presented the Japanese in a very unflattering manner. Although one can understand and sympathize with some wartime propaganda, it is important to remember the human cost of war on all sides]. The book is in mint condition with a dust jacket. $20.00
 

 

 

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16-414 THE BLOOD ORDER (SWEDISH/NORWEGIAN EDITION) BY JACK D. HUNTER. This is a Scandinavian edition of The Blood Order by Jack D. Hunter. It is the second book in The Blue Max trilogy. Many people are not even aware that two additional books followed The Blue Max, which detailed the events in Bruno Stachel’s life. Part of the reason is that Bruno Stachel (played by George Peppard) was killed at the end of The Blue Max movie at the devious General von Kluggermann’s (played by James Mason) behest. As much as I enjoyed The Blue Max, I feel that The Blood Order is an even better book. We see post-WW I Germany’s tormented times of social and economic upheaval. We see Adolf Hitler’s rise to power, playing Pied Piper to the German people. Stachel is present for all of it, as the events unfold from his viewpoint. Jack Hunter reveals Hitler and Martin Bormann in ways we never imagined. One feels that one is not so much reading about history as participating in it.  This soft-cover book was released for the reading markets of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. $25.00 

 

 

 

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16-421 UNIFORMS AND INSIGNIA OF THE LUFTWAFFE VOLUME ONE: 1933-1940 BY BRIAN L. DAVIS. This is a comprehensive book by Brian L. Davis about Germany’s 1933 through 1940 Luftwaffe uniforms and insignia. The book features hundreds of black and white photographs and drawings depicting the uniforms, badges, cuff titles, helmets, etc. that played important parts in the Luftwaffe. Follow their evolution under Hermann Göring’s leadership, from the Reichsluftfahrtministerium’s (Reich's Air Ministry) creation when Adolf Hitler became Germany’s Chancellor in 1933 to WW II’s 1940 midpoint. The book is in excellent condition, and comes complete with a dust jacket. $30.00

 

 

 

 

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16-385 THE BLUE MAX (LAS AGUILAS AZULES) by JACK D. HUNTER. This is a Spanish edition of the hit WW I novel The Blue Max, which was written by the late Jack D. Hunter. It is a hardback version complete with its dust jacket. It was published by Plaza & Janes, S.A. with offices in Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Bogota, and Barcelona. This is a first edition that was published in 1966. It is in very good condition. $95.00
 

 

 

 

 

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16-386 THE BLUE MAX (DEN BLÅ MAX) by JACK D. HUNTER. This is a Swedish edition of the hit WW I novel The Blue Max, which was written by the late Jack D. Hunter. It is a hardback version complete with its dust jacket. It was published by Folket I Bilds Forlag of Stockholm, Sweden. This is a first edition that was published in 1966. It is in very good condition. $95.00

 

 

 

 

 

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16-387 THE BLUE MAX (LA CADUTA DELLE AQUILE) by JACK D. HUNTER. This is an Italian edition of the hit WW I novel The Blue Max, which was written by the late Jack D. Hunter. It is a high-quality soft cover version. It was published by Galleria del Corso of Milan, Italy. It is in excellent condition. $50.00
 

 

 

 

 

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16-388 THE BLUE MAX (DE ADELAAR VAN HET ESKADER) by JACK D. HUNTER. This is a Dutch edition of the hit WW I novel The Blue Max, which was written by the late Jack D. Hunter. It is a hardback version complete with the dust jacket. It was published by Plaza & Janes, S.A. with offices in Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Bogota, and Barcelona. It is a first edition that was published in 1966. It is in very good condition. $95.00

 

 

 

 

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16-345 HISTORY OF AVIATION: 50 OF THE GREATEST AIRCRAFT IN THE HISTORY OF FLIGHT. This is an English-produced book from, I would guess, the 1960's or 1970's. It chronicles what the author feels are the 50 greatest aircraft in history. It features a write-up about each of the various aircraft, which is then adorned with a small card displaying its picture. The card measures 5" x 7 1/2," and is pasted in with the description. Does this sound familiar? Yes, it is very similar to the German cigarette card albums of the 1920's and 1930's. I will not attempt to list all the aircraft, but among them are the Fokker D. VII, Montgolfier Balloon (?), ME 262, and Lockheed Tristar. On the back cover it says that the cards were given free with the purchase of Brooke Bond Tea and tea bags. $35.00

 

 

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16-357 BOELCKE - DEUTSCHLAND’S FLIEGERHELD. This is a WW I period book about Germany’s great early ace, Oswald Boelcke. He was the father of early WW I German Aviation. He originated the concept of "hunting squadrons" (jastas) composed of single-seated fighter planes. He also recruited a number of promising pilots to whom he taught his way of fighting, which became known as the "Dicta Boelcke." His most astute "cub" was a young Prussian cavalry officer named Manfred von Richthofen. After achieving forty confirmed victories, Boelcke was killed in a midair collision with another future PLM-winner, Erwin Boehme. Naturally, this book is in German. It was published during WW I after Boelcke’s death. Its title is Boelcke: Deutschlands Fliegerheld (Germany’s Flying Hero). It is a paperback that measures 7 1/2" x 5" x 1/2." The book begins with quotes from many famous Germans about Boelcke’s loss, including Kaiser Wilhelm II, Kronprinz Wilhelm, and Generalfeldmarschall von Hindenburg. Many photographs of Boelcke and his boyhood home are included. The book shows honest age. It is complete and should be handled with care. $125.00

 

 

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16-279 BRIEFER SEINES DEUTSCHEMARK KAMPFFLIEGER AN EON JUNGLES MACHE - ERWIN BOHME. This is a small volume of letters written by PLM-winner Erwin Böhme to a young girl. Böhme was an early member of Jasta 2, which was first commanded by Hauptmann Oswald Boelcke. The future German ace-of-aces, Manfred von Richthofen, was also a member of this squadron. Böhme was the pilot with whom Boelcke collided in late October 1916. Boelcke then fell to his death. Böhme later commanded Jasta Boelcke (as Jasta 2 was renamed). He himself fell in November 1917. This German-language book was published in 1930, some thirteen years after Böhme’s death. It is very touching and worth working through. The binding is split, so care must be exercised when handling the book. $10.00   

 

 

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16-426 DIE WOCHENSCHAU 27 JULY 1918. This is a German periodical displaying the photograph of an observer seated in an airplane’s rear compartment. He is assisting two ground crewmen as they work with pigeons who are going to be launched from an airplane, perhaps? (I do not quite get it, since they used radio transmissions between the airplane and the ground when it came to artillery spotting). The opening article is about the tradition of aviators (observers AND pilots) in the war. It also has a photo of pilots from Jagdgruppe Nr 8, which was commanded by Hauptmann Eduard Ritter von Schleich. Schleich is the first of the pilots, with his PLM visible at his neck (his award came in December 1917). A bulldog is seated in front of him.
As we browse through the periodical, we see some interesting stories and even more-interesting photographs. One photo features the complete gun crew of a German 28.5CM Railway Gun. About two dozen men are sitting on the gun barrel. The crew that served the massive cannon numbered at least fifty!
A two page photograph shows the battleship U.S.S. Texas being towed down the Hudson River in New York. The 1917 skyline of New York is much smaller at this point, with no Empire State or Chrysler buildings (completed in 1931 and 1930, respectively). We can see that the tallest is the Woolworth Building, which was completed in 1913. It still stands today. Toward the publication’s end is a lot of advertising showing the variety of items available in 1918 Germany. $50.00

 

 

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16-428 DIE WOCHENSCHAU 29 DECEMBER 1917. This is a German periodical that features a photograph of an observer seated in an airplane’s rear compartment. He is working with two ground crewmen passing packages up to him so he can store them on the floor in front of his feet. It has many articles and photographs that outline war action, as well as the course of the war at home. One page in particular outlines the most recent PLM (Ritter des Ordens Pour le Mérite) winners from earlier in the month. A total of eight men were so honored, including Fliegeroberleutnant Schleich. A lot of advertising at the publication’s end shows the variety of items available in 1918 Germany. $50.00

 

 

 

 

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16-429 BERLINER ILLUSTRIRTE ZEITUNG 5 NOVEMBER 1916.  The Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung was Berlin’s most popular news periodical. It was a large-format publication that measured 11" x 15." It was produced on a weekly basis. This is the 5 November 1916 issue. The cover shows a crashed observation plane on the Italian Front, with men peering into the cockpit. Inside, we see many interesting stories and photos of war developments. I particularly like a large photograph, covering two-thirds of an entire page, that features Generalfeldmarschall August von Mackensen riding his horse. He is accompanied by an aide wearing 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1's uniform.
One of the things that I personally enjoy in these editions is all of the advertising that deals with the many goods and services available at the time. It has ads for patriotic rings, (examples of which we have carried in the past and still have listed), military watches, Daimler Benz cars, and Mercedes airplane engines. This is just great stuff! The periodical will give you a great deal of entertainment and let you know what was happening in Germany more than ninety-six years ago. $50.00

 

 

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16-378 WINGS OF VALOR - WINGS OF GOLD - AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF U.S. NAVAL AVIATION by AMY WATERS YARSINSKE. This book, published in 1998, is quite large (9 3/8" x 12 5/16") and tells the story of naval aviation from its earliest days to the jet age. It has a fascinating text and is profusely illustrated. [Extra postage may be required due to its size and weight].  $60.00

 

 

 

 

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16-379 UNLOCKING THE SKY - GLENN HAMMOND CURTISS AND THE RACE TO INVENT THE AIRPLANE by SETH SHULMAN.  This is the biography of Glenn Curtiss. Curtiss and the Wright Brothers were leading aviation pioneers in the USA. In addition to his story (and his difficult relationship with the Wright Brothers), the hardback book has many photos. It has its dust jacket. $10.00

 

 

 

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16-366 GREAT MOMENTS IN AVIATION by MICHAEL J. H. TAYLOR. This is a hard cover book complete with its dust jacket. It was published in 1989 and is long out-of-print. It measures 11" x 11." It focuses on American aviation. It tells of the Wright Brothers and other high points in American aviation, including Charles Lindbergh’s solo Atlantic flight. $15.00
 

 

 

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16-377 MORE SILVER WINGS, PINKS, AND GREENS by JON A. MAGUIRE. This book deals with the uniforms, wings, and insignia used by the USAS, USAAC, and USAAF from 1913-1945. The hard back book is quite large and liberally illustrated. It is a must if you are interested in the uniforms and insignias of the U.S. Air Force from 1913-1945. $50.00

 

 

 

 

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16-369 ACES HIGH - THE WAR IN THE AIR OVER THE WESTERN FRONT 1914 - 1918 by ALAN CLARK. This is a hard cover book complete with a dust jacket. It measures 9" x 11" x 1." The book was published in 1999. It is broken down into four parts covering the air war: 1914-1915, 1916-1916, 1917, and 1918. It tells the story of the men, the machines, and particularly the technical changes/advancements as the war progressed. The photographs and color illustrations are well done, making it useful for any library. $40.00

 

 

 

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16-370 JANE’S FIGHTING AIRCRAFT OF WORLD WAR I. It is a large-format hard cover book with a dust jacket. It measures 10" x 12 ½" x 1 ½" and weighs a VERY hefty 4 lbs. 12 ½ ounces. It chronicles the aircraft of WW I from every nation, not just the ones most commonly reported. Aircraft are described by type, in detail. It is a must-have book for any collection. [Due to its weight, shipping may be extra]. $50.00

 

 

 

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16-282 KNIGHTS OF THE AIR by EZRA BOWEN. This is a large-format book that measures 11 1/4" x 9 1/4." It is a Time Life Book, published in 1980. Its nearly two hundred pages tell the story of flight during WW I. It is liberally illustrated in both black and white, and color. A lot of information about the airmen and the airplanes of both Germany and the allied powers is included. It is a good basic book that serves as an excellent introduction into WW I aviation. $25.00  

 

 

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16-281 GERMAN LANGUAGE MAGAZINE - DER DEUTSCHE SPORTFLIEGER. This is a large-format German-language magazine, which measures 12" x 9." It is from April 1936, the heyday of pre WW II German aviation. Germany was still operating its two airships, the Graf Zeppelin and the Hindenburg. A portion of this edition devotes itself to information on the LZ 129 Hindenburg. Barely a year would pass until May 1937 when this amazing airship would explode in flames at Lakehurst, NJ. Many photos in the magazine show the Hindenburg under construction. Many photographs and stories about civil aviation in Germany are included, as well as some of the unusual airplanes and gliders that were produced. Photographs of Hermann Göring and Ernst Udet also appear. A large photograph on the back cover shows Göring and other officials of the newly formed Luftwaffe at the grave of Manfred von Richthofen in Berlin. [After WW I his body was removed from its original grave in France and taken to Berlin]. It is a most interesting magazine. It also has a large number of advertisements, some aviation-related, and some not. $60.00  

 

 

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16-331 JANE’S FIGHTING AIRCRAFT OF WW I by JOHN W.R. TAYLOR. This is a large-format book covering WW I’s aircraft and air services. It measures 12 3/4" x 10." It is also quite hefty, weighing 4 lbs and 13 ounces. [Extra shipping in the U. S. will be necessary. For this reason, we strongly suggest that ONLY U.S. collectors buy the book due to the high cost of international shipping]. The book contains more than 300 pages and more than 1,000 illustrations. The book is comprehensive. It includes aircraft from the primary combatants of WW I (France, Germany, Great Britain, Austria-Hungary, Turkey, Russia, and the U.S.), and many other nations. When I first looked through the book, I was surprised to see sections on Argentina, Chile, China, Japan, Mexico, Siam, etc! It has tons of information about virtually every airplane that flew during the Great War. The dust cover is in place. This book is ready to reveal a treasure trove of information to you. $50.00

 

 

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16-332 COMPLETE BOOK OF WORLD WAR II COMBAT AIRCRAFT by ENZO ANGELUCCI AND PAOLO MATRICARDI. This is a large-format book covering all types of aircraft that flew during WW II. It measures 14 3/4" x 10 3/4." It is also quite hefty, weighing 7 lbs and 2 ounces. [Extra shipping in the U. S. will be necessary. For this reason, we strongly suggest that ONLY U.S. collectors buy the book due to the high cost of international shipping]. The book boasts 500 color illustrations, HUNDREDS of black and white period photographs, and spans 400+ pages. It shows all of the aircraft used (all types of aircraft, not just single-seater airplanes) by the Allies and the Axis Powers. You will get hours of reading pleasure from this book. $65.00

 

 

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16-287 THE HAWKS THAT GUIDED THE GUNS by LAWRENCE L. SMART. This is a consignment item. It was written by 1st Lt. Lawrence L. Smart, a pilot in the 135th Aero Squadron. The book deals with America’s involvement in WW I aviation, from the perspective of a young American pilot. It is a soft cover book, illustrated and autographed by the author. $25.00 

 

 

 

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16-289 GERMAN BOMBERS OF WW I IN ACTION by DON GREER. This book deals with the various types of aircraft used by the German Air Service. You will find the book particularly interesting if you have never been exposed to the bomber activities. You’ll find some unusual aircraft and manufacturers. It is a good primer on the topic. Plenty of photographs will help acquaint you with the aircraft, as well as their technical specifications. $15.00

 

 

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16-291 LFG ROLAND C. II by P.M. GROSZ. This is soft cover publication, Nr 49 in the Windsock Datafile. The Roland C. II was also known as the Walfisch (Whale). It was one of the more unusual two-seat observation planes of WW I. The small soft cover book is liberally illustrated in a story about the aircraft and its contribution to WW I aviation. $15.00

 

 

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16-292 MARINE CORPS AVIATION: THE EARLY YEARS 1912-1940 by LT. COL. EDWARD C. JOHNSON. This is a soft cover book that deals with the early years of USMC aviation. It is a subject that I have not seen covered before. I find it most interesting. It has many unique photographs. $15.00

 

 

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16-295 WILD BLUE YONDER AN AIR EPIC by DON CLARK. This is a hard bound book from the early 1970's that is long out-of-print. It deals with aviation in WW I, focusing on pilot training before they reached the front. Many photographs accompany the text. $30.00 

 

 

 

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16-297 PIONEERS IN THE SKY 1900-1939 by KESAHARU IMAI. This is a general photographic history of aviation from 1900-1939. It is a soft cover edition. It has more photographs than text. $35.00

 

 

 

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16-53 AIRCRAFT OF THE NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM. This is the tour book from the National Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. This museum houses a fine collection of historically significant aircraft from the beginning of aviation early in the 20th Century up until modern days. My personal favorite  is the "Spirit of St. Louis," which marked the first solo flight across the Atlantic.  Many fine airplanes are featured in this tour book. You don’t have to be a WW I enthusiast to enjoy it. $10.00.

 

 

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14-377 CASUALTIES OF THE GERMAN AIR SERVICE 1914-1920: AS COMPLETE A LIST POSSIBLE ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY by NORMAN FRANKS, FRANK BAILEY, AND RICK DUIVEN. This book is written by the same authors who have written books like The Jasta Pilots, Above the Lines, Over the Front, and Above the Trenches. It was published in 1999 and is a hardcover book. It is an important  research volume. It contains no photos but does have an extensive list of the Imperial German Air Service’s casualties. Germany sustained more than 16,000 casualties among its air crews. The book also has a list of zeppelin casualties. $ 50.00

 

 

 

 

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16-315 DISTINCTIVE INSIGNIA OF THE U. S. ARMY AIR FORCES 1924-1927 by JOSEPH M. MASSARO. This book deals with the various units within the U. S. Army Air Force during the 1924-1927 period. It also shows their assorted unit insignias. $40.00

 

 

 

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16-316 ZWEI GENERATIONEN LUFTWAFFE 1. WEGBEREITER DER LUFTFAHRT FLIEGER DES WELTKRIEGES by ROLF ROEINICH. This German-language book is part of a multiple volume series. It deals with Germany’s WW I aviators. It was published in 1942. It tells the story of WW I’s PLM-winners and includes their pictures. It was written under Hermann Göring’s auspices in his capacity as the Luftwaffe commander during WW II. Göring was himself a PLM-winner, and JG 1's (the von Richthofen Geschwader) final commander. $125.00

 

 

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16-324 AIR SERVICE MEDICAL MANUAL. This is an official publication from the U. S. War Department (later, it was considered to be more politically correct to call it the Department of Defense) in 1918. It deals with the U. S. Army Air Service’s medical issues. It is fascinating. It deals with aviator’s problems. It also shows the criteria that was used in 1918 to select potential aviators. The book is illustrated to accompany the text. $35.00

 

 

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16-285 HURRICANE & MESSERSCHMITT by CHAZ BOYER & ARMAND VAN ISHOVEN. OK, I understand this is not a WW I aviation book. It IS an aviation book and if it has wings on it, it interests me! This book was first published in 1974. The volume was reprinted in 1995 and 1997. It was originally published as TWO books. One dealt with the Hawker Hurricane and the other with the Messerschmitt Bf 109. These two planes were among the most famous aircraft of WW II and were major players in "The Battle of Britain." It is a large format book, measuring 11 3/4" x 8 3/4." The book has 300+ pages and is LIBERALLY illustrated. It is a great history of two of the most important aircraft of WW II. $25.00

 

 

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16-59 FLIEGER DES WELTKRIEGES. This was a six-volume series about the principal pilots, observers, etc. (PLM-winners) of WW I. Published in 1941, these are quite difficult to find. I have found one or two of them before, but never three of the six volumes. They are quite interesting and would be a welcome addition to a WW I aviation collection. Only ONE volume is left!

 

 

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* Volume 3. Has a drawing of Heinrich Bongartz on the cover. Inside we find descriptions and drawings of Ernst Brandenburg, Julius Buckler, Hans-Joachim Buddecke, Franz Büchner, Walter von Bülow, Friedrich Christiansen, Carl Degelow, Albert Dossenbach, Eduard Ritter von Dostler, Hermann Fricke, Heinrich Gontermann, Robert Ritter von Griem, Wilhelm Griebsch, and Jürgen von Grone. $95.00

 

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16-361 UNITED STATES NAVY WINGS OF GOLD - FROM 1917 TO THE PRESENT by Ron L. WILLIS & THOMAS CARMICHAEL. This is a hardback book.  It is complete with its dust jacket. It is an English-language book that details U.S. naval aviators’ wings from 1917 until today. The book is comprehensive, including all the various types of badges and a listing of naval aviators. $45.00
 

 

 

 

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16-362 THE SKY ON FIRE: THE FIRST BATTLE OF BRITAIN by MAJOR RAYMOND H. FERDETTE. This book deals with the bombing of Great Britain in WW I by German bombers. A great deal has been written about the 1940 Battle of Britain, when Hermann Göring’s Luftwaffe battled English fighters. WW I’s version, while not as extensive, remains quite interesting. This book was written in 1966. It is a first-edition with its dust jacket that is in near-mint condition. It is liberally illustrated and a great read. $35.00

 

 


 

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16-363 THE FLEDGLING: AN AERIAL GUNNER’S EXPERIENCES IN WW I by ARCH WHITEHOUSE. This is a hardcover book written by WW I aviator Arch Whitehouse. The book is illustrated. Written in 1964, it deals with aerial gunners (of which Whitehouse was one). The original dust jacket is present. Overall, the book is in very fine condition. $20.00

 

 

 

 

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16-364 A NURSERY OF THE AIR FORCE By W. BRIAN COSTELLO. This is a soft cover book that deals with Canadian airmen during WW I, principally from Carleton Place. It is liberally illustrated. It also deals with the Roy Brown/Manfred von Richthofen saga. The book was written in 1979 and has been autographed by the author. $20.00

 

 

 

 

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16-299 XJB THE CREATION OF A NATIONAL AIR FORCE - THE OFFICIAL HISTORY OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE VOLUME II by W. A. B. DOUGLAS. This is a consignment item. It is a large volume, the second in a series regarding the creation of the RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force). The book has 700+ pages. It is profusely illustrated. The book is in excellent condition. It has a dust cover. $40.00

 

 

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16-300 CANADIAN AIRMEN AND THE FIRST WORLD WAR by S. F. WISE. The book deals with Canadian aviators of WW I. It is a large volume, with 700+ pages. It is liberally illustrated. It has a dust cover. $40.00

 

 

 

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16-308 HELMUTH HIRTH MEINE FLUG=ERLEBNISSE. This is a German language book. It was published in 1915, and deals with the early German pilot Helmuth Hirth. Hirth was a well-known prewar aviation figure. He was among the very first of Germany’s pilots during the Great War. The book is in excellent condition. It has many photographs. $85.00

 

 

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14-383 MEDAL OF HONOR AVIATORS OF WORLD WAR ONE VOLUME 1 by ALAN E. DURKOTA. This is a soft cover book that was written in 1998. The Medal of Honor or Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest decoration given by the U.S. to its soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines. Like the Victoria Cross, and unlike the Pour le Mérite, it was awarded regardless of rank. It could be awarded to privates and generals alike. It was awarded for a specific act of bravery. It was established in 1861 and was awarded during the War Between the States (Civil War), and is still awarded to this day. The book concentrates on the aviators of WW I. It concentrates on eight men who received it during the brief time that the U.S. participated in WW I. Perhaps the best-known of the awardees are Frank Luke and Eddie Rickenbacker. The book is liberally illustrated with many fine photographs. $ 40.00

 

 

 

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16-309 SCHWERE BRODEN 1000 WORTE FRONT=DEUTSCH EIN RAUHES, ABER, HERZLICHES WÖRTERBUCH. This is a German language book published in 1925. It is a soft cover book that deals with German military terms and their explanations. $25.00

 

 

 

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16-311 PICTORIAL HISTORY OF THE RAF VOLUME ONE 1918-1939. This is a hard cover book that deals with the RAF in WW I. It is illustrated and has a dust jacket. $20.00

 

 

 

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16-312 THE DIARY OF A "PBO" (POOR BLOODY OBSERVER) by FRANK J. SHRIVE. This book tells the air war from an RFC observer’s perspective, and the RAF during WW I. It is illustrated, with a dust jacket. $30.00

 

 

 

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