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An Extensive Document Collection to Unteroffizier Scheuringer; Battle of Britain POW

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An Extensive Document Collection to Unteroffizier Scheuringer; Battle of Britain POW

An Iron Cross 1st Class certificate (139x199mm, better than very fine) to Unteroffizier (NCO) Scheuringer, dated to May 11, 1941. It is signed in black ink by General Field Marshal, Chief of Aerial Fleet 3, and Commander-in-Chief West, Hugo Sperrle (1885–1953), a recipient of  the Knight’s Cross, and first commander of the Condor Legion.

An Iron Cross 2nd Class certificate (139x199mm, better than very fine) to NCO Scheuringer, dated to April 26, 1941. It is signed (signature has almost completely faded) by the Commanding General of the 5th Air Corps, General der Flieger Robert Ritter von Greim (1892–1945), later General Field Marshal and last Commander of the Luftwaffe, a recipient of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords and the Pour le Mérite.

A promotion certificate (210x147mm, very fine), stating that NCO Scheuringer, POW in Canada, is being promoted to Feldwebel (Sergeant), starting November 1, 1942. It is dated to Berlin on February 15, 1943.

A Front Flying Clasp for Fighter Pilots in Bronze certificate (147x210mm, extremely fine) to NCO Scheuringer of 8th Squadron of Fighter Wing 55. It is dated to May 13, 1941 and signed in blue crayon by Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant Colonel) and Wing Commodore Benno Kosch
(1900–1975), a recipient of the Knight’s Cross.

An accompanying letter to Scheuringer’s father, Sepp (210x148mm, extremely fine). It is dated to September 24, 1941 and signed in pencil by a Hauptmann (Captain) and Squadron Leader, his name is indecipherable. The certificate had to be sent to Scheuringer’s father, since Scheuringer, at this point, had already been shot down and taken prisoner.

A certificate for the Air Gunner Badge (211x297mm, extremely fine) to Obergefreiter (Corporal) Scheuringer. The document is dated to Berlin on November 15, 1940 and carries a facsimile of a Lieutenant General and Chief of the Luftwaffe Personnel Department, his name is
indecipherable.

A Flugbuch (flight log) (210x147mm, near extremely fine) with detailed mission information, dated to November 30, 1939. The first flights are training flights in late 1939, followed by missions to Britain, mostly from Villacoublay, south of Paris, in the spring of 1941. Targets are
named: Birmingham, Bristol, Belfast, London, Plymouth, Liverpool, Sheffield. The final mission, no. 47, is marked as a special operation, dated to May 12, 1941. The entry reads: “Vom Flug nicht zurückgekehrt.” (Didn’t return from mission.)

A DRL Sports Badge in Bronze certificate (4 p., 147x208mm, better than very fine). The document is dated to POW camp 23, Canada on July 281943. The decoration was awarded on October 19, 1944.

A notice from the German Red Cross (145x207mm, near extremely fine) to Michael Wimmer, the father of Sergeant Willi Wimmer, killed in action when the plane carrying him, Scheuringer, and others was shot down. Wimmer was the pilot, Scheuringer served as the plane’s mechanic. The Red Cross informs Wimmer’s father of the location of Wimmer’s grave on the Isle of Wight. The document is dated to April 10, 1942.

Six POW camp sports certificates (279x379mm, extremely fine) to Scheuringer, winning or placing in different running competitions. All documents are dated to July or September of 1942, they all carry signatures of Camp Leader Riewer, and an Oberfeldwebel (Senior
Sergeant) and Sports Leader, his name is indecipherable, and have a Canadian stamp on the reverse.

A POW camp sports certificate (181x272mm, near extremely fine), stating that Scheuringer came in 6th during the 3,000 meter trail running competition. The document is dated to Canada on July 12, 1942 and signed by Stabsobermaschinist (Staff Senior Engineer) and Camp
Leader Riewer, and an Oberfeldwebel (Senior Sergeant) and Sports Leader, his name is indecipherable. The document carries a Canadian stamp on the reverse.

Two junior level kayak competition certificates (4 p., 117x154mm, near extremely fine). One states that Scheuringer won first place in a tandem kayak competition in the German kayak championship of 1938. The other one states that he took 3rd place in the 2nd German club relay
championship in 1938.

Four canoe competition certificates of Gau 17 (248x330mm, extremely fine) from July 1938 to Scheuringer, one 2nd place, three 1st place.

A patch from POW camp 23, Canada (125x125mm, cloth and felt, near extremely fine), showing an eagle, a bow, three arrows, and a segment of barbed wire.

A confirmation of basic training certificate from the DLRG (Deutsche Lebens-Rettungs-Gemeinschaft = German Life Saving Association) (89x135mm, near mint) to Feldwebel (Sergeant) Scheuringer in Canadian POW camp. It is dated to Berlin on September 22, 1944. The certificate comes with a DLRG cloth patch (96x74mm, near extremely fine).

A program book for the 1st Greater Germany canoe championship of 1938 (48 p., 148x209mm, near extremely fine), in which Scheuringer participated in several races.

A program booklet for the 1938 2nd German club relay championship (12 p., 154x231mm, near extremely fine).

A book celebrating 50 years of kayak club “Schnecke” (snail) from 1907 to 1957 (32 p., 165x239mm, better than very fine). The name of the club was chosen because every member had to own their own boat, just like every snail owns its own house. Scheuringer is listed as a member of more than 20 years and club champion of 1947, 1948, 1952 to 1954, and 1956. Several wins at other championships have also been won by Scheuringer, starting in 1938 and continuing in the late 1940s and throughout the 1950s.

Two certificates from the Austrian Gymnastics and Sports Union (4 p., 82x123mm, extremely fine), stating that Scheuringer of kayak club “Schnecke” is eligible to wear the Union Honour Needle in Bronze, dated to November 13, 1953, and in Silver, dated to April 13, 1955.

A certificate for the Austrian Sports and Gymnastics Badge in Bronze 2nd Class (148x210mm, better than very fine), dated to Vienna on April 28, 1949.

A page from the “Essener Allgemeine Zeitung” newspaper (349x509mm, very fine) about the Greater German canoe championship, mentioning Scheuringer’s name twice.

A page from the “Essener Anzeiger” newspaper (312x438mm, better than very fine) featuring an article about the Greater German canoe championship, including an interview with Austrian star canoeist Georg Hradetzky.

A newspaper article about the German canoe championship of 1938 (188x210mm, better than very fine).

A membership card (115x73mm, near mint) for the local kayak club in Linz, Austria, established 1907.

A modern print of a wartime photo of Scheuringer (101x152mm) wearing his Luftwaffe uniform.

Two copies of a drawing (210x296mm, extremely fine), showing a man (Scheuringer) and a lion in a kayak, the significance of which is unknown.


Footnote: Karl Scheuringer was born on March 22, 1919. He grew up in Austria to become an avid kayaker, competing at national levels as early as 1938. During the war, he served in the Luftwaffe as an in-flight mechanic. Scheuringer was stationed outside of Paris from where he flew missions to Britain during the “Blitz”. His unit, Fighter Wing 55 “Greif”, was involved in this campaign of nightflight bombing missions over Great Britain from first to last operation. Scheuringer was part of the 8th Squadron of the 3rd Group when his plane was shot down on May 121941. Only a day prior to this, he had received the Iron Cross 1st Class. The next day, he would be awarded the Front Flying Clasp in Bronze. Scheuringer and the gunner, Lance Corporal Karl Röhl were the only survivors. Observer Senior Lieutenant Horst Gündel, pilot
Sergeant Willy Wimmer, and radio operator Sergeant Heinrich Neuber died. Scheuringer was first listed as missing in action, but eventually it became evident that he had survived and brought to a POW camp in Canada. He spent the rest of the war in captivity, most of it
in POW camp 23 in Monteith, Iroquois Falls, Ontario, a camp with a maximum capacity of 4,000. After the war, Scheuringer returned to Austria where he continued his successful kayaking career.

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