The group consists of eighth photographs, one postcard, a WWI vintage Iron Cross First Class, a loose section of Iron Cross ribbon, and a WWI aviator's badge. The aviator badge is marked for C.E. Juncker of Berlin with an "800" silver purity mark, while the Iron Cross is unmarked. Two of the pictures are the same image of a Vizefeldwebel Rosengart (pilot) and Oberleutnant Georg Behrla (observer) with their Albatros C.V. biplane, Rosengart in the traditional pilot's seat and Behrla in a hole in the fuselage behind the observer position. Behrla and Rosengart had been involved in an odd incident in May of 1917 where, when preparing to engage an enemy, their Albatros hit an air pocket and violently dropped, causing Behrla, who had been readying his weapon, to be dislodged from the plane. Instead of falling to his death, Behrla went into a brief free-fall and then collided with his own plane when it regained lift, leaving him stuck in the fuselage until they could land. Other images of men with Albatros planes are included, though not labeled, with one featuring a young officer wearing an Iron Cross and an aviator badge identical to the ones in the lot. The postcard and three of the pictures are of Captain Felix von Luckner, aka "The Sea Devil", a highly accomplished commerce raider of World War I noted for his success record and very low casualty rate with Der Seeadler, one of the last sailing ships to see combat in war. Provenance: The Putnam Green/Sycamore Collection
Very good, with minor wear and creasing on the pictures, some of which show traces of adhesive from scrapbook mounting. The ribbon is worn and torn. The medals are good, with mild wear on the Iron Cross and a mixed patina on the aviation badge.
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