GERMANY – POSTCARD – LEUTNANT KURT WOLFF – GUSTAV LIERSCH – NR 7845
Gustav Liersch along with Willy Sanke were the two leading firms producing aviation postcards. In fact they often shared the same photographs and in this case the name Sanke appears in the lower right corner of the postcard.
Our offering today is Leutnant Kurt Wolff. He is striking a Napoleon like pose as he has his hand stuck into his leather greatcoat. H was a member of Jasta 11 before the arrival of Manfred von Richthofen. Under the tutledge of von Richthofen he blossomed as a fighter pilot. In “Bloody April alone he scored twenty-two victories. on 4 May 1917 he was awarded the Orden Pour le Merite. He was given command of Jasta 29 two days later. He did not stay long and in July 1917 he returned to command Jasta 11. Manfred was in hospital after being shot down and having suffered a head wound.
In September he flew one of the two Fokker Dr 1 prototypes that were allocated to Jagdeshwader Nr 1. The other was flown by Werner Voß. Both pilots were shot down and killed in September. Kurt Wolff died with thirty-three victories.