PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT ERWIN BÖHME – AVIATION – NR 502.
Erwin Böhme (1879-1917) was one of WW I’s tragic figures. Far older than the average German pilot, he was an early member of Oswald Boelcke’s Jasta 2. Böhme was the pilot who collided with Boelcke on 28 October 1916, which resulted in Boelcke’s death (he had achieved forty confirmed victories by that point). Böhme lived for thirteen more months. He commanded Jasta 2 during that time, which had been renamed Jasta Boelcke. [It was the only Jasta to be named for a fallen ace at the time, although JG 1 was later renamed in honor of Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen]. Böhme went on to score twenty-four confirmed victories, and was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite on 24 November 1917. He fell in battle five days later on 29 November 1917. His PLM arrived after his death. His Sanke Card Nr 502 depicts him seated, wearing his Prussian Army Pilot Badge, the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, and a ribbon bar. The postcard is in excellent condition and has never been mailed.