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Germany – Postcard – Kapitanleutnant Gunther Pluschow – Autographed – “THE FLYER FROM TSINGTAU”

SKU: 19-319

$400.00

We recently acquired a large collection of signed postcards, private photos, letters, etc. of German Admirals, Generals, etc. Many of these items were acquired by a single collector who would write to the subject and receive in return a signed photograph, postcard, letter. Etc. The name of this collector was Paul Baer and his name appears on many of the items offered…

 

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Germany – Postcard – Kapitanleutnant Gunther Pluschow – Autographed – “THE FLYER FROM TSINGTAU”

This is an autographed postcard of Kapitänleutnant Gunther Plüshow (1886-1931). He was known as “The Flyer from Tsingtau”. He was assigned to the Naval base at Tsingtau where he flew a Taube on observation missions. When war was declared in 1914 the Japanese demanded the surrender of the German base. During this time, he even managed to shoot down a Japanese airplane using his pistol. Eventually in a daring flight he left Tsingtau and crashed in a rice paddy with dispatches. He then crossed China and sailed across the Pacific in 1915 arriving in Francisco. He then traveled across the U.S. arriving in New York where he took ship to Europe. He was captured by the British in Gibraltar and sent to a POW camp in the U.K. From there he managed to escape and returned to Germany. He was awarded the Knights Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order. He also received the 1914 Iron Cross 1st and 2nd Class and a high ranking decoration from Baden.

Following the war he became an aerial explorer and author spending much time in Argentina. He and his mechanic were killed in a flying crash in Argentina where he is still hailed as a hero.

The autographed postcard of him shows him in uniform with his visor cap. On his tunic he has the Navy Land Plane Pilot Badge and the 1915 Iron Cross 1st Class. He also has a ribbon bar and looped into the second button hole is the Knights Cross with swords of the Hohenzollern House Order. His full name is boldly signed in black ink with the date “1920″.

The postcard was never mailed and has no writing on the reverse.

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Germany – Postcard – Kapitanleutnant Gunther Pluschow – Autographed – “THE FLYER FROM TSINGTAU”

This is an autographed postcard of Kapitänleutnant Gunther Plüshow (1886-1931). He was known as “The Flyer from Tsingtau”. He was assigned to the Naval base at Tsingtau where he flew a Taube on observation missions. When war was declared in 1914 the Japanese demanded the surrender of the German base. During this time, he even managed to shoot down a Japanese airplane using his pistol. Eventually in a daring flight he left Tsingtau and crashed in a rice paddy with dispatches. He then crossed China and sailed across the Pacific in 1915 arriving in Francisco. He then traveled across the U.S. arriving in New York where he took ship to Europe. He was captured by the British in Gibraltar and sent to a POW camp in the U.K. From there he managed to escape and returned to Germany. He was awarded the Knights Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order. He also received the 1914 Iron Cross 1st and 2nd Class and a high ranking decoration from Baden.

Following the war he became an aerial explorer and author spending much time in Argentina. He and his mechanic were killed in a flying crash in Argentina where he is still hailed as a hero.

The autographed postcard of him shows him in uniform with his visor cap. On his tunic he has the Navy Land Plane Pilot Badge and the 1915 Iron Cross 1st Class. He also has a ribbon bar and looped into the second button hole is the Knights Cross with swords of the Hohenzollern House Order. His full name is boldly signed in black ink with the date “1920″.

The postcard was never mailed and has no writing on the reverse.