GERMANY – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT LOTHAR VON RICHTHOFEN – NR 526
This is Sanke card Nr 525 of Leutnant Lothar von Richthofen. Lothar was the younger brother of Manfred von Richthofen. He was assigned to Jasta 11 and commanded it in the absence of Manfred. He was injured on more than one occasion. He finished the war with forty confirmed victories. He was killed in a flying accident after the war.
In this pose he is seated in profile with his head facing the camera. He is holding his visor cap in one hand and his PLM at his neck. His shoulder board shows a single pip which would make him an Oberleutnant. His name is spelled in the German fraktur which is the only card that uses this typeface.
This card is in excellent condition and has never been mailed.
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.