Two Pour le Merite Award Recipient Pilot Studio Portrait Postcards
Two Pour le Merite Award Recipient Pilot Studio Portrait Postcards - Lieutenant Max Immelmann (black and white, matte finish, illustrating a standing Immelmann wearing the Prussian Pour le Merit at the neck, a group of five orders including the Saxon Saxe-Ernestine House Order, the Saxon Albert Order, the Prussian Iron Cross 2nd Class 1914, the Prussian House Order of Hohenzollern, the Bavarian Military Merit Order of St. Michael on his left breast, with the Prussian Iron Cross 1st Class 1914 and the Prussian Pilot's Badge below, the cypher of Wilhelm II on his belt buckle, inscribed in reverse type "Oberleutnant Immelmann" with a cross below in the upper left corner, studio marked "361 Postkartenvertrieb W. Sanke BERLIN N. 37. / Nachdruck wird gerichtlich verfolgt." in the lower right corner and the company's interlocking initials insignia in the lower left corner, with a solid black border); and Flight Lieutenant Oswald Boelcke (sepia-toned, matte finish, illustrating a left-facing seated Boelcke wearing the Prussian Pour le Merit at the neck, with the Prussian Iron Cross 1st Class 1914 and the Prussian Pilot's Badge below on his left side, inscribed in reverse type "Fliegerhauptmann Boelcke" in the upper left corner, studio marked "J. Müller Kgl. Hofphot. Dessau" in the lower right corner and the company's interlocking initials insignia and numbered "5580" in the lower left corner), 87 mm x 137 mm each, with postcard mailer backers, extremely fine. Footnote: Max Immelmann (born September 21, 1890 in Dresden, died June 18, 1916 in Lentz) was the first German World War I flying ace. He was a great pioneer in fighter aviation and is often mistakenly credited with the first aerial victory using a synchronized gun. He was the first aviator to win the Pour le Merite, and was awarded it at the same time as Oswald Boelcke. His name has become attached to a common flying tactic, the Immelmann turn, and remains a byword in aviation. He is credited with fifteen aerial victories. After assisting in downing an FE.2b aircraft in combat, the second aircraft he was closing in on was piloted by Second Lieutenant G.R. McCubbin with Corporal J.H. Waller as gunner-observer, who was credited by the British with shooting Immelmanndown. On the German side, many had seen Immelmann as invincible and could not conceive the notion that he had fallen to enemy fire. Oswald Boelcke (born May 19, 1891 in Glebichenstein, Saalhreis, died October 28, 1916 in Baupaume, Pas-de-Calais, France) was one of the most famous German flying aces in the First World War and one of the most influential patrol leaders and tacticians of the early years of air combat. He is considered the father of the German fighter air force, as well as the "Father of Air Fighting Tactics". He was the first to formalize rules of air combat, which he presented as the "Dicta Boelcke". While he promulgated rules for the individual pilot, his main concern was the use of formation fighting rather than single effort. Boelcke died on October 28, 1916, when his aircraft and that of Erwin Bohme made contact during a dogflight. The upper wing of Boelcke's machine was torn in half by Bohme's landing gear, with Boelcke being killed on impact with the ground at the age of 25.