GERMANY – SANKE CARD – ERNST UDET – AUTOGRAPHED
Ernst Udet was a major ace during WW I. He in fact was a commander of the famed Jasta 11. He served under both Manfred von Richthofen and Hermann Göring. He achieved sixty-two confirmed victories and was the highest ace to survive the war.
After the war he found work wherever he could. This included stunt flying where he was able to pick up a cloth with the wing tip of his airplane. My late friend and author of “The Blue Max” Jack Hunter met him at the Cleveland Air Show as a young boy.
Later in the mid 1930’s he joined the newly established Luftwaffe. He advanced quickly and was placed in charge of the development of the famous dive bomber the JU-87 Stuka. It was his idea to add a siren which whistled when the Stuka launched an attack and further terrorized the people who were being bombed. Ultimately he became involved in the infighting that took place in the Nazi party and the Luftwaffe. He became very depressed and killed himself in 1941.
Our offering today is an autographed Sanke car Nr 621. His signature appears across his chest. On the reverse we see that this card was mailed in 1918 thus this is a war time signature. In the message box there is mention that he was a member of Geschwader Richthofen (JG 1).
This is a superb example of a war time signature (There is no doubt of this) of one of the wars leading pilots.
Sanke cards grew out of the early medium of postcards and are now an invaluable documentation of German flyers who, for a short time in aviation history, were at the top of their profession.