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Signed Sanke Card Nr 605 - Leutnant Heinrich Bongartz

Signed Sanke Card Nr 605 - Leutnant Heinrich Bongartz

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Explore Aviation History: Delve into the annals of aviation history with Sanke card Nr 605, featuring the legendary Leutnant Heinrich Bongartz (1892-1946). Credited with an impressive thirty-three confirmed victories during World War I, Bongartz left an indelible mark on the skies as the commander of Jasta 36.

Decorated Flying Ace: Leutnant Bongartz's storied career earned him both the 1914 Iron Cross 1st and 2nd Class. On 24 November 1917, he was honored with the Knights Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order, Germany's second-highest decoration. This prestigious award often preceded the coveted Orden Pour le Mérite, which Bongartz received personally from Kaiser Wilhelm II after his 20th victory on 23 December.

Heroic Acts in Combat: Bongartz faced the perils of war with remarkable courage, surviving five wounds during World War I. In a gripping episode, he piloted a Fokker Dr 1 despite being shot in the head and losing an eye, bringing his plane down with twenty-seven bullet holes. Notably, one of the British pilots who brought him down was the renowned ace Mick Mannock, who would later tally sixty victories before his tragic demise.

Beyond World War I: Transitioning into the Luftwaffe in 1938, Bongartz continued his service during World War II, rising to the rank of Oberstleutnant. Commanding night fighter squadrons, he left an enduring legacy in the annals of military aviation.

Mint Condition Collector's Item: This Sanke card captures Leutnant Bongartz in profile, adorned with the esteemed Pour le Mérite. His signature in black ink graces the card, bearing witness to his historical significance. Impeccably preserved in mint condition, this card, never mailed, stands as a testament to the valor and resilience of a true flying ace.

Own a Piece of History: Acquire this rare and pristine Sanke card, a collector's delight that encapsulates the valor and legacy of Leutnant Heinrich Bongartz. Immerse yourself in the rich history of aviation and commemorate the bravery of a distinguished pilot.

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