SMGL-140 WW1 pilot Signed comemorative Envelope 5 famous signatures!
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A rare chance to own a commemorative envelope signed by 5 famous ww1 pilots/generals before their deaths. Wilhelm Groos, Hans-George von der Osten, Alois Heldmann, Karl Bodenshatz and Carl-August von Schoenebeck. Due to the Early deaths of some of these men, their signatures ae very desirable and hard to find. The envelopes are extremely hard to find as they were only done in small batches and over the years many have been destroyed or lost forever! The envelope shows some wear and tear but is still in great shape over all and the signatures are clear. Below is Wikipedia info about each pilot. 3 Jasta 11 Members and adjutant to Manfred von Richthofen (the red baron) are on here!!!!!!!!!! AWESOME!!!!! ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
Major General Carl-August von Schoenebeck began his career in the Baden Leib-Grenadier Regiment in 1915. He transferred to the Luftstreitkr?fte in 1916. After training, he served with the artillery cooperation unit FA (A) 203. His subsequent service in fighters (e. g. Jasta 11 earned him credit for eight confirmed aerial victories and a number of decorations, as well as the command of Jasta 33 while still a leutnant.
Postwar, he tried a trans-Atlantic flight to Chile in 1924. From 1930 to 1935, he was a test pilot. He joined the Luftwaffe in 1934. In 1938, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and posted as air attach? to Yugoslavia. He became air attach? to Bulgaria in 1939, and held this position until after his promotion to Major General in 1943. He was held as a prisoner of war from 1945 to 1948.
He earned a multi-engine license to enter competition in 1954. He learned hang gliding at the age of 77, in 1975. He died on 4 September 1989 in Munich.
Through World War I Carl-August von Schoenebeck was born in Bernstadt, Silesia, German Empire on 19 January 1898. He enlisted in the Baden Leib Grenadier Regiment in 1915. He transferred to the Luftstreitkr?fte in 1916 and underwent pilot’s training with Fliegerersatz-Abteilung (Replacement Detachment) 3 in Gotha. After training, he was assigned to fly a two-seater on artillery direction missions with Flieger-Abteilung (Artillerie) (Flier Detachment (Artillery)) 203. Although there is no mention of fighter conversion training, Schoenebeck joined a fighter squadron, Jagdstaffel 11, on 7 July 1917. His first victory was a notable one. On 27 July 1917, he shot down Sopwith Triplane number N5492, which had been used to score 23 victories (most by Raymond Collishaw), and killing Flight Sub-Lieutenant G. Roach of No. 10 Squadron RNAS. Four days later, he shot down a Royal Aircraft Factory RE.8 from No. 4 Squadron RFC over Frezenberg. It would not be until 3 September that he tallied another victory, when he shot down another Triplane at Hollebeke, Belgium. Schoenebeck transferred to Jagdstaffel 59 on 26 January 1918. He scored one victory while with them, downing a Sopwith Camel on 9 May 1918. On 11 August 1918, he was promoted to command of Jagdstaffel 33. Between 23 August and war’s end, he totalled four more confirmed victories, as well as four unconfirmed. Schoenebeck won several awards for his exploits, including both classes of the Iron Cross, the Knight’s Cross with Swords of the House Order of Hohenzollern, and the Order of the Zahringer Lion. Post World War I Schoenebeck flew with Fighter Unit No. 424 of the Freikorps, fighting the Russians in the Baltic area; he was wounded in action at Mitau during 1919. By 1924, he was working for Dornier; he flew a trans-Atlantic flight to Chile for them in the Dornier Do J seaplane. From 1930 to 1935, he worked as a test pilot for both Heinkel and Arado. He also was an instructor during the covert founding of the Luftwaffe in Lipetsk, Russia. He joined the nascent Luftwaffe, becoming a Group Commander of the new Richthofen Geschwader in 1938. He later served in Bulgaria as the Air Attache. World War II and beyond Schoenebeck rose to the rank of Major General during 1943. He was captured in 1945, and spent until 1948 in captivity. He later founded the Luftfahrt-Technik Company, and represented such aircraft companies as Hiller Helicopters, Piper Aircraft, Bristol Aeroplane Company, and Beech Aircraft Corporation. In 1954, he earned a multi-engine pilot’s license and entered international competitions. In 1975, when 77 years old, he took up hang gliding. He died on 4 September 1989, in Munich.[///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
Karl-Heinrich Bodenschatz (10 December 1890 ? 25 August 1979) was a German general who was the adjutant to Manfred von Richthofen in World War I and the liaison officer between Hermann G?ring and Adolf Hitler in World War II.
Early life and First World War
Bodenschatz was born in Rehau, Bavaria; in 1910 he enlisted in the 8th Bavarian Infantry Regiment and was a cadet at the War Academy in Metz until 1912. Following the outbreak of the First World War he saw active infantry service and participated in the Battle of Verdun. After being wounded four times, in 1916 he transferred to the Deutsche Luftstreitkr?fte as adjutant to Jagdgeschwader 2 and then Jagdgeschwader 1 as the adjutant to Manfred von Richthofen based at Avesnes-le-sac. In June 1918 Hermann G?ring took over command of the squadron after von Richthofen’s death.
Between the wars After the war he joined the Reichswehr as a regular officer and served in the 21st infantry regiment from 1919 until April 1933, he had maintained a friendship with G?ring and joined the Luftwaffe as his military adjutant and served in this capacity until 1938, visiting Britain in November 1938.
Left to right: Karl Bodenschatz, Walter von Reichenau and Wilhelm Keitel in 1939.
Second World War During World War II he was the liaison officer between Hitler?s headquarters and the Commander-in-Chief of the Luftwaffe until he was seriously injured in 1944 by the 20 July plot bomb at the Wolf’s Lair headquarters in Rastenburg, East Prussia. He was fortunate to survive the explosion as two officers immediately to his left and one to his right were killed.
Post-war He was captured at Reichenhall on 5 May 1945 and in 1946 was called as a witness at the Nuremberg Trials of major war criminals and served two years in prison. He died at Erlangen, Germany in 1979 aged 88.//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
December 2, 1895
Grevenbr?ck, Lennestadt, German Empire
November 1, 1983 (aged 87)
Served as colonel in the Luftwaffe
Colonel Alois Heldmann was a World War I flying ace credited with 15 confirmed aerial victories (plus three unconfirmed) while he was a leutnant. He later joined the nascent Luftwaffe in 1933 and was a flying school inspector through the end of World War II.
Early life and service
Alois Heldmann’s native town was Grevenbr?ck, 100 km eastern from Cologne, where he was born on 2 December 1895. He was studying engineering until the war began. Heldmann joined the Imperial German Army on 3 January 1915, and originally served as an infantryman on the Russian Front. Shortly thereafter, he transferred to aviation duty.
After switching to aviation, Heldmann served in a two-seater aerial reconnaissance unit, FA 57, beginning in August 1915. He then transferred to FA 59, which also operated two-seaters. His Eastern Front duties saw him serve in Serbia and Bulgaria. He then transferred fronts and moved to France. He was a well experienced pilot by the time he was promoted into the officer’s ranks in 1917 as a Leutnant. Heldmann joined Royal Prussian Jagdstaffel 10 on 24 June 1917 and was given a Pfalz D.III to fly. He would use the Pfalz for his first five wins, beginning 22 July 1917. He then upgraded to a Fokker D.VII, which bore his initials painted on the top wing; its nose was yellow, its tail a checkerboard. He scored steadily throughout the last eight months of the war, with his last victory just five days before war’s end. Twice he rose to temporary command of the squadron, from 19 June to 6 July 1918, and from 10 to 14 August. Heldmann survived the war.
Post World War I
Heldmann returned to being an engineer postwar. He joined the Luftwaffe in 1933. Having risen to the rank of colonel, he became an inspector of a flying school. He served through World War II, and was subsequently imprisoned by Allied forces until 1946. He then resided in Bad Aibling, Germany. Alois Heldmann died on 1 November 1983 in his native Grevenbruck.
Honors and awards
World War I
Iron Cross both First and Second Class
Knight’s Cross of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
Leutnant Hans-Georg von der Osten began his career as a World War I flying ace credited with five aerial victories. He later rose to command of all Luftwaffe bases in Germany, during World War II. After service in the 3rd Uhlans Rgt. he joined the Air Service in February 1916, serving with FEA 9. He then instructed for a spell before transferring to Jasta 11. He was acting commander of the Jasta in Jan-feb 1918, before taking over jasta 4. On 28 March he was shot down and wounded by fighters while flying a Pfalz D.III, seeing no further action during the conflict.
Wilhelm Gisbert Groos was a German World War I flying ace credited with seven aerial victories.
Early life Wilhelm Gisbert Groos (often written Gisbert Wilhelm) was born on 10 August, 1894 to Dr. Ernst Gisbert Karl Julius Georg Groos and Laura Maria Colsman. He was admitted to the Prussian Cadet Corps and later served in an Uhlan Regiment . While an Ensign before the First World War, he had been training to compete in the 3000 meter race at the 1916 Summer Olympics.
World War I service Groos received his pilot’s license from the Halberstadt Civil Flying School. He joined Jasta 4 in May, 1917. On May 17, he scored his first victory while flying over Droucourt, France against a British Sopwith triplane. Shortly afterwards, he was transferred to Jasta 11 on May 24. He is credited with achieving five further victories between 24 June and 23 August . After Wilhelm Reinhard was wounded, Groos was briefly given command of Jasta 11 between 6 and 11 September. He relinquished command when Kurt Wolff returned from leave. Groos was wounded on 14 September and Wolff was killed the following day. After Wolff’s death, Groos briefly reassumed command again between 15 and 25 September until Lothar von Richthofen was given the position.
After Groos recovered he was appointed a position within Jastaschule II in Nivelles. However, he returned to Jasta 11 on 10 July, 1918 for a short time when there became a shortage of pilots. On 1 August, 1918, he scored his last victory against a British SPAD aircraft. Shortly afterwards, he returned to Jastaschule II on 16 September and remained there for the rest of the war.
Post World War I Gross retired from the Luftstreitkr?fte after the war. He married three times and had two sons, Manfred Wilhelm and Ernst Gisbert. He became the director of the Westdeutschen Steinzeug-Werke company in Euskirchen. In 1994, Groos celebrated his 100th birthday. He died in 1997 near Cologne/Bonn, around 103 years old. At the time of his death he was the last surviving member of Jasta 11.
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