GERMANY – SANKE CARD- LEUTNANT OTTO SCHMIDT – NR 628
This is Sanke card Nr 628 of Oberleutnant Otto Schmidt (1884-1944). Before and during the early days of WW I Schmidt was assigned to cavalry and infantry regiments. He then applied for transfer to the air service and flew in an observation squadron. He served in Jasta 7 and then in Jastas 32, 5, and 29 as the commanding officer. Following this he was the commanding officer of Jagdgruppe II which included Jasta, 7, 33, 35, and 29.
He was relatively old for a pilot and was thirty when the war began. He was wounded several times but fought on. His total number of victories was twenty which included twelve airplanes and eight balloons. His final victory was on 4 November 1918. His name was put forward for the Pour le Mérite but with the end of the war a week later that never happened.
This a later Sanke card and the 600 series are far harder to find. He is see from the chest up with his visor cap. On his chest we see the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and his Prussian pilot badge. In his second button hole we see the ribbons for the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class and the Knights Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order.
The card is in excellent condition and has never been mailed.