WWI Jagdgeschwader Nr.1 „Freiherr von Richthofen“ photo album
Important photo album to an unknown individual serving with Jagdgeschwader Nr.1 „Jagdgeschwader Freiherr von Richthofen“ during WWI. He served with 10th squadron and was assigned to 10./Jagdgeschwader 1 on the day the fighter pilot Franz Bohlein was almost shot down shortly before returning to his base: "Bohlein wurde am Tage meines Zugangs zur Staffel 10 fast überm Platz abgeschossen, vom Frontlfug kommend ohne Munition."
An album of historical importance documenting the service time of 4th, 6th, 10th, and 11th squadrons of the Geschwader from 1917 until 1918 as noted to the first page.
The album must have been assembled after 1918 when the owner returned from war. In fact, it was assembled after 10. August 1918 since Erich Loewenhardt is already marked as dead on the photos and so is Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen, the famous "Red Baron".
The album is an uncovered treasure trove with original photos of many well-known members of the Jagdgeschwader including famous "flying aces". He wrote names and information about dates and locations to most of the photos providing a lot of room for additional research.
The soldiers shown include:
Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen
Lothar Freiherr von Richthofen
Ernst Freiherr von Althaus
There are 59 original photographs as well as period time postcards (including ones published by Sanke) in total. Most come without damage. There is no picture missing. All pages (three pages loose) are complete.
Part of the album is a scarce photo of a German tank A7V. There are photos taken out of a flying aircarft and some from the ground documenting air combat such as Erich Loewenhardt fighting two English aircraft. You can see one of them burning on the photo.
There is a photograph taken at the funeral of Erich Loewenhardt. Major Haenelt ("Kdr. d. Flieger A.O.K.2") and "Oberltn. Göring" (Hermann Göring) as well as "Ltn. Laumann" (Arthur Laumann) and other flying aces are shown on the photo.
"Rittmeister Freiherr on Richhoven" known as the "Red Baron" is shown on four original photos inside this album.
There is a fantastic photograph of Arthur Laumann (28 kills) sitting in his "AL" initial marked Fokker aircraft. Furthermore, there is a photo card (Sanke) with an original ink autograph of Laumann.
There are two "Sanke" photo cards showing Erich Loewenhardt with an original ink autograph of him to each of the cards.
A very interesting photo was taken on 4.12.1917, the day Hans Klein was awarded the Pour le Mérite. It shows Klein with Manfred von Richthofen to his right. Manfred's brother Lothar von Richthofen is shown, too. In the background is Erich Loewenhardt. The group photo shows more well-known officers of "Jasta 10".
We will let the pictures do the additional description of this extremely rare piece of history.