GERMANY – SANKE CARD – ERICH LOEWENHARDT – NR 641
Erich Loewenhardt was the third ranking German ace of WW I with fifty-four confirmed victories. Only Manfred von Richthofen and Ernst Udet achieved more victories than him.
When WW I began he was an enlisted man serving in Infanterie-Regiment Nr 141 which saw service on the Eastern Front. He was promoted to Leutnant and was wounded and decorated with the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. He later served in the Alpen-Korps on the Italian Front. He transferred to the aviation service in 1916 and was an Observer. He later transitioned to fighter aircraft and was assigned to Jasta 10.
His score rose at a rapid rate and he was made commander of Jasta 10 as an Oberleutnant. This squadron was equipped with Germany’s best fighter plane the Fokker D. VII. His Jasta became one of the four squadrons in Manfred von Richthofen’s JG 1. He was awarded Germany’s highest military award the Orden Pour le Mérite in May 1918. He briefly commanded JG 1. In August 1918 his Fokker collided with another German airplane. He was equipped with a parachute and bailed out, unfortunately his parachute failed to open and he was killed.
In this Sanke card Nr 641, he is seen wearing a Litewka with his Prussian pilot badge and the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class on his left breast. At his throat is Germany’s highest award the Orden Pour le Mérite.
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