GERMANY – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT WALTER VON BÜLOW-BOTHKAMP – NR 582
This is Sanke card Nr 582 of Leutnant Walter von Bülow-Bothkamp (1894-1918). Early in WW I he was a member of Husaren-Regiment Nr 17 from the Duchy of Braunschweig. He later transferred to the Imperial German Air Service. He first served in FFA 22 on the Western front and then in FFA 300 in the Middle East. While in these two squadrons, he shot down several airplanes. He was then transferred to Jasta 18. Following that he was transferred to Jasta 36 where he was the commanding officer. It was here that he achieved the last of his twenty-eight victories and was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite in October 1917. His last posting was to the famous Jasta Boelcke, formerly Jasta 2. He was killed in January 1918 while flying an Albatros D. V.
In this pose he is seated with a dog by his side. He is wearing a feldgrau attila. On his tunic he is wearing a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class above his Prussian pilot badge. He is also wearing a three place ribbon bar which includes the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class, Knights Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order, and the Knight’s Cross of the Military St. Heinrich Order which was the highest award for bravery that the Kingdom of Saxony could offer. It should be noted that Max Immelmann was awarded this decoration. At his throat he wears the coveted Orden Pour le Mérite. He is wearing a visor cap and yo will note the “Death’s Head” emblem of Husaren-Regiment Nr 17.
This card has never been mailed and the date of his death is noted on the reverse. This is a VERY scarce Sanke card, and it has been several years since I have been able to acquire and offer one.