The Awards of Otto Maashoff; Fellow Pilot of Lothar von Richthofen
The Awards of Otto Maashoff; Fellow Pilot of Lothar von Richthofen; Prussian Pilots Badge; in silvered tombac showing extensive period use, weighing 21.1 grams; A Fine Iron Cross First Class 1914; silver frame, with iron core, vaulted and with patina; privately engraved Maashoff s.l. Brecht 17.11.17; Iron Cross Second Class that has been privately altered into First Class of the Award; Iron Cross Second Class 1914; marked Fr. on ring; Unit Patch 96mm; and fine stamped silvered bronze pilot's box (in which these items were acquired) 12.7 x 8.1cm with wooden interior. With picture of 11th Fighter Squadron showing Lothar von Richthofen as number 9 and Otto Maashoff 14. Footnote: Otto Maashoff, Prussian Pilot, Iron Cross Winner, Comrade of Lothar von Richthofen in the 11th Fighter Squadron, 3 Victories to his Name. Maashoff was born April 3rd, 1895 in Mettmann, administrative district of Dusseldorf. Maashoff volunteered for service in the 11th Hussar Regiment on August 6th, 1914, and was promoted to the rank of Gefreiter. On August 1st, 1915 he began serving as platoon leader of the 39th Fusilier Regiment while holding the rank of Unteroffizier. He was promoted to Vizefeldwebel while serving with that unit. On February 19th, 1916, he began pilot training with the 7th Reserve Airborne Battalion. His first assignment as a pilot was with the 5th Flying Battalion on the 18th of July, 1916 until the 27th of April 1917. He then became a pilot and Leutnant in Fighter Squadron 11, under the command of Lothar von Richthofen, brother of the famous Red Baron and Fighter Ace in his own right. It was with this unit what he won his three victories: on the 7th, 11th, and 24th of May 1917 on the Western Front at Fresnes, Willerval, and Douai respectively. On November 17th, 1917 he received the Iron Cross 1st Class. He retired from the Army in December 1918, and in April of the following year began studies at the Technical College of Karlsruhe. In November 1920 he continued his studies at the Technical College in Berlin, completing them in August 1922. He then began work as a draughtsman at the Krupp firm. After the NSDAP came to power, he became an advisor in the RLM in April 1st, 1933. On September 1st, 1933 he became a Squadron Leader in the DLV. January 7th, 1937 he started as an Engineering Officer with the Staff of the Air-Equipment Group 3, then in 1938 he started at the post of Chief Engineer of Luftwaffe Command 1. On February 1st, 1939, he was made Chief Engineer of Air Fleet Command. He held this position until he died on the 26th of October, 1941.