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Iron Cross 1st Class certificate (115x193mm, near extremely fine); Front Flying Clasp for Night Fighters in Silver certificate (125x190mm, near extremely fine); Front Flying Clasp for Fighter Pilots in Bronze certificate (130x188mm, near extremely fine); Pilot Badge certificate (134x204mm, near extremely fine); appointment certificate to flight instructor (162x244mm, better than very fine); Reich Sports Badge in Bronze booklet (150x209mm, very fine); 79 wartime photos (57x45mm-178x237mm, all near extremely fine to extremely fine); detailed flight logbook 1st half 1944 (148x210mm, fair); flight logbook #1 (211x146mm, better than very fine); flight logbook #2 (210x148mm, better than very fine); flight logbook #3 (208x147mm, better than very fine); NSFK flight logbook (103x151mm, very fine); Luftwaffe pilot’s licence (102x149mm, better than fine); Luftwaffe ID (101x151mm, near very fine); notebook for German soldiers (100x145mm, near very fine); German army map of northwest Ukraine (1060x790mm, fine); propaganda letter for German soldiers told to hold out (146x200mm, better than fine) (with translation); photo of military funeral (89x60mm, better than very fine) and two letters from dead comrade’s widow (152x193mm, very fine) (with translation); handwritten statement about a mid air engine fire (188x268mm, better than fine); depiction of Fluggruppe 3/41 pilot class (141x216mm, near extremely fine); pilot radio training code sheet (197x290mm, near very fine); altitude training sheet (209x295mm, fine); article with predictions about Second War by Swedish psychic (207x249mm, better than fine); proof of belongings for weapons and equipment (107x151mm, very fine); flying school card for night leave (105x75mm, extremely fine); two sketches of the inside of cockpits by Lorenzen (140x160mm, 144x159mm, extremely fine).

 

The Iron Cross 1st Class certificate is named to Oberfähnrich (Officer Cadet) Lorenzen and dated to July 25, 1944. It is signed in blue ink by the Commander-in-Chief of Air Fleet 6, Colonel General 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. The Front Flying Clasp for Night Fighters in Silver certificate is named to Lieutenant Lorenzen of the 12th Squadron of Night Fighter Wing 2. It is dated to January 8, 1945 and signed in black ink by Wing Commander, Major Paul Semrau (1915–1945) (signed exactly a month before being killed in action), a recipient of the Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves. The Front Flying Clasp for Fighter Pilots in Bronze certificate is named to Oberfähnrich Lorenzen and dated to May 26, 1944. It is signed in blue ink by a Major on behalf of the Commander of the 1st Air Division, the name is illegible.

The Pilot Badge certificate is named to Gefreiter (Lance Corporal) Lorenzen. It is dated to November 5, 1941 and carries a facsimile of General der Flieger Gustav Kastner-Kirdorf (1881–1945), a recipient of the German Cross in Silver.

The appointment certificate to flight instructor is named to Unteroffizier (NCO) Lorenzen, effective July 15, 1943. It is dated to Pretzsch (eastern Germany) and signed in faded blue ink by the Commander of Pilot School (C) 9, Lieutenant Colonel Martin Johns. The Reich Sports Badge in Bronze certificate booklet is dated to July 3, 1942.

 

The photos are dated to between 1940 and 1945. Several show Lorenzen. When he appears in a photo he is marked by an arrow. The pictures include shots from pilot training, show planes (Ju 52, Ju 88) and crash sites, and moments from the airmen’s everyday routine. The first picture is a studio portrait of Lorenzen taken in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1944. It shows him in the rank of Lieutenant. Another remarkable photo was taken on March 10, 1945. It shows the 12th Squadron of Night Fighter Wing 2 during a parade. Lorenzen walks right behind the leader, next to the flag bearer, indicating his status. The final pictures were taken in Pinsk, Belarus in 1944 and show Lorenzen during his Iron Cross 2nd Class award ceremony.

 

Lorenzen’s flight logbooks cover the dates from March 7, 1941 to February 17, 1945. During this time he flew 1611 missions, most were training missions and those as a flight instructor. Lorenzen flew 62 combat missions, 59 of those on the Eastern Front, three on the Western Front. Some missions worth mentioning: #66, first time piloting a plane, as well as first mission without an instructor on board; #656, first time piloting a heavy fighter plane (He 111) on June 30, 1942; #728, first time flying a Ju 52 on August 15, 1942; #731, crashlanding a Ju 52 during a night flight on August 22, 1942; #858, first mission as flight instructor on February 9, 1943; #1480, first combat mission on the Eastern Front on March 24, 1944. An additional flight logbook is a more detailed version exclusively for Lorenzen’s 56 combat missions flown on the Eastern Front between March 24 and June 6, 1944. All of these were about dropping bombs on target cities, several on train stations.

 

The NSFK flight logbook was issued on August 3, 1938 and contains seven entries for glider flights. At the time Lorenzen apparently was part of the Aviation HJ (Flieger-HJ). The Luftwaffe pilot’s licence is dated to October 25, 1941 and named to Gefreiter (Lance Corporal) Lorenzen. The Luftwaffe ID is named to Leutnant Lorenzen and dated to December 6, 1944. The notebook for German soldiers is a code of conduct for Germans being taken prisoners by the enemy. At the top of the booklet a note states: Don’t bring on combat missions! The German army map of northwest Ukraine shows Lorenzen’s combat targets circled in pencil. The propaganda letter is addressed to German front soldiers to inspire them to hold out. It was written in February 1944 by Ordnance Obermeister Franz Hahne, a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the War Merit Cross without Swords. The photo of a military funeral shows the funeral of a comrade of Lorenzen’s, a pilot called Helmut Schulz who died in June of 1944 on the Eastern Front. The two letters were sent to Lorenzen by Schulz’s widow Käte, who Lorenzen had contacted and sent pictures of the funeral. The handwritten statement about a mid air engine fire is dated to April 8, 1944 and is about a combat flight from April 7. Lorenzen was able to safely land the plane. The depiction of Lorenzen’s Fluggruppe 3/41 pilot class shows the members of said group of Pilot School A/B43 in Crailsheim. The pilot radio training code sheet contains radio codes for certain situations that may arise during a blind flight and have to be communicated. The altitude training sheet contains an explanation by Lorenzen. He states that while breathing oxygen equivalent to the air of 8000 meters of altitude from a cylinder he was tasked with writing down the numbers from 1000 to 0 and to indicate with a downward pointing arrow when he would steer the plane to lower altitudes. The article about the progression of the Second War contains predictions by Swedish psychic Sven Green, dating to March of 1944. Green predicts that the Allied invasion of France will fail and the Axis powers will be victorious by late 1946, due to new and “terrible” German weapons. The proof of belongings for weapons and equipment has entries dated to October 4, 1944. The flying school card for night leave was issued by Flight School C 9 in Windischenlaibach. It states that the owner is eligible for night leave.

The two sketches of cockpits show the insides of a He 111 B and a Ju 52. They are dated to 1942 and were fashioned by Lorenzen during his training at a pilot school.



Footnote: Jens Lorenzen was born on April 13, 1921 on Langeneß, a Hallig (Frisian island) in the North Sea. He joined the Luftwaffe at an unknown date. His flight training began in March of 1941 at the Flugzeugführerschule (Pilot School) A/B 43 in Crailsheim, southern Germany. For the next fourteen months Lorenzen would be stationed here and fly mostly out of Crailsheim and out of Böblingen (near Stuttgart). On November 5, 1941 he was awarded the Pilot’s Badge in the rank of Gefreiter (Lance Corporal). On February 1, 1942 he was promoted to Unteroffizier (NCO). Lorenzen was redeployed to Altenburg and then Pretzsch (both eastern Germany) in late May 1942 where he began to train in heavy fighter planes, including He 111, Ju 88, and Ju 52. At the end of November he began a comparatively short blind flight training course in Copenhagen, Denmark. At the end of January 1943 Lorenzen was back in Pretzsch, training to become a flight instructor, which he was officially appointed to on July 15, 1943. Shortly after, on August 1 he was promoted to Feldwebel (Sergeant). Lorenzen’s next promotion came on January 1, 1944 when he became an Oberfähnrich (Officer Cadet). On March 22, 1944 he was transferred to the Eastern Front and stationed in Baranavichy (western Belarus) from where he flew combat missions, mostly night flights. A month later Lorenzen began flying out of Pinsk, 150 kms to the south. He was awarded the Front Flying Clasp for Fighter Pilots in Bronze on May 26, 1944. Around this time he also received the Iron Cross 2nd Class, the exact date is unknown. On July 5 Lorenzen was redeployed to Brieg (present-day Brzeg, southern Poland) where he worked as an instructor again. He received the Iron Cross 1st Class on July 25, 1944 and was promoted to Lieutenant on September 1. In late September Lorenzen was stationed in Værløse, Copenhagen, Denmark as night flight instructor. In late December he flew another three combat missions, on the Western Front. He was awarded the Front Flying Clasp for Night Fighters in Silver as part of the 12th Squadron of Night Fighter Wing 2 on January 8, 1945. Between late January and mid February Lorenzen went on five more combat missions on the Eastern Front in East Prussia. One of these turned out to be his very last flight of the war on February 17. Why he didn’t continue to fly, at least as an instructor, is unknown. As late as March 10 he was still a member of the Night Fighter Wing 2. Lorenzen was taken prisoner by Allied forces on May 4, 1945 in Austria. No further information about his life is known.

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