BAVARIA / GERMANY – SANKE CARD LEUTNANT HANS RITTER VON ADAM – NR 557
Hans Ritter von Adam (1886-1917) was a Bavarian ace during WW I. He first entered the military in 1906 as a One Year Volunteer in Bavarian Infanterie-Regiment Nr 4. After serving his time he went back to civilian life. He returned to the army with the outbreak of WW I. He was wounded in1914 and after his recovery he applied for a transfer to the Imperial German Air Service. He would become one of the oldest pilots in the Air Service when he achieved his pilot license in 1916 at the age of thirty.
While training to be a pilot he was assigned to the flying school commanded by the future Eduard Ritter von Schleich (1888-1947). Adam also served as Schleich’s pilot in an observation plane. Schleich felt very highly of Adam’s flying ability.
Adam flew in Jasta 34 and later was transferred to Jasta 6 which was a part of JG 1 (The “Flying Circus”) under the command of Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen) and commanded this squadron from August 1917 until his death in November 1917.
He achieved twenty-one air victories. He was killed in action before his nomination could be acted on for the Pour le Mérite. However the Bavarian government granted him a Knighthood with the award of the Military Max Joseph Order. Thus in death he was known as Hans Ritter von Adam.
Sanke card Nr 557 of Hans Ritter von Adam. In this pose he is wearing a M-1915 feldbluse which is one of my favorite tunics along with a visor cap. Pinned to the left breast of the tunic we see the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and the Bavarian pilot badge.
The card is in excellent condition. It has never been mailed. (There are penciled notes on the reverse which includes his number of victories and the date that he was KIA.)
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