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Luftwaffe

Luftwaffe

Luftwaffe

Luftwaffe

WW I

Luftwaffe

Luftwaffe

Luftwaffe

Luftwaffe

WW I

Luftwaffe

Luftwaffe

Luftwaffe

Luftwaffe

WW I

Silver Marks

Luftwaffe

Luftwaffe

Pokal Certificate

Luftwaffe

Luftwaffe

I.C. 1st Class

WW I

I.C. 1st Class

Luftwaffe

Pilot Badge

Luftwaffe

I.C. 2nd Class

Luftwaffe

War Service Medal

Luftwaffe

Close Combat Bomber Bar in Silver

WW I

Naval Cap Band 1930's

Luftwaffe

Naval Cap Band 1930's

Luftwaffe

Death Notice (Official)

Luftwaffe

Wehrpass

Luftwaffe

Wehrpass

WW I

Wehrpass

Luftwaffe

Wehrpass

Luftwaffe

Wehrpass

Luftwaffe

Wehrpass

Luftwaffe

His School Papers

WW I

Death notice to Mother

Luftwaffe

Newspaper and letter - Death Notice

Luftwaffe

Luftwaffe

Luftwaffe

WW I

A Letter from Falk at the Front

Luftwaffe

The Award of the Close Combat Bar

Luftwaffe

Type of Aircraft he Flew in Experiment.

Luftwaffe

An Official Letter to him in 42

Luftwaffe

A Letter of Condolence

WW I

His Comrade to his Mother

Luftwaffe

His Father WWI Mil. Pass

Luftwaffe

His Father WWI Mil. Pass

Luftwaffe

Letter of Praise to Mother

Luftwaffe

Another Notice to Mother

WW I

Machine Gun Chart

Luftwaffe

Orders

Luftwaffe

Funeral Cost to be Paid

Luftwaffe

Death Notice

Luftwaffe

An Order to Falk in 1940

WW I

More Deeath Notice

Luftwaffe

Falk and His Early Comrades

Luftwaffe

A 1st Prize in Luftwaffe Flight Contest

Luftwaffe

Luftwaffe

In His Naval Uniform 1932

Luftwaffe

Luftwaffe

A Comrades Beer Blast

Luftwaffe

Fellow Officers

Luftwaffe

Family

Luftwaffe

Luftwaffe

Luftwaffe

Luftwaffe

Early Flight Training

Luftwaffe

Luftwaffe

Luftwaffe

On-Board

Luftwaffe

Luftwaffe

Luftwaffe

The Flying Pencil

Luftwaffe

The Hero!

Luftwaffe (Pokal) Group to a Naval\Combat Pilot (Battle of Britain) (Item LUFT 17-1)

DESCRIPTION: This is one of the best groupings we have ever had. It is in (silver) not Alpaka and is by the Great silver-smith Joh. Wagner & Sohn and is to a combat flyer not a ground technician or any non-combative role.  This man was a Matrosen commercial (sailor) and later joined the Kriegsmarine.  Then he joined the Luftwaffe and was decorated for his bombing missions in the Blitzkreig over England.  We have his medals and Nuremberg documents chronicling his career in the Luftwaffe to include the award document for the “Ehrenpokal” the award goblet so earnestly sought after by the brave young “eagles” of the German Air Force.  The mans’ name and rank is Oberfeldwebel Wilhelm Falk.  The goblet is in beautiful undented condition and the Wagner & Sohn making is accompanied with the moon, crown, 835 silver mark, and the eagle. At the bottom lip it says ‘Fur Besondere Leistung im Luftkrieg’ (For outstanding achievement in the air war).  Above this is the hand engraved name of the recipient, in this case (Oberfeldwebel) Wilhelm Falk AM 18/3/42. Above the name is a band about an inch wide with a continuing strand of beautiful oak leaves.  The central design of the goblet is a pair of fighting eagles and on the back the 1939 1st class iron cross.  It was required of the airman receiving this award that he would already have won the iron cross 1st class.  The award was instituted by Hermann Goring on Feb 27 1939 and it was an idea revived from the First World War when goblets were awarded to the illustrious pilots of that earlier conflict in the air.  Goring actually personally awarded a large number of these goblets to the recipients In this case; the pokal was awarded posthumously since the Oberfeldwebel was already deceased due to an accidental airplane crash.  This goblet is of course the most important price of the group but we also have the following important pieces that had belonged to him or were items of documentation concerning the life and death of this brave pilot.


1.   The pokal(Goblet)
2.    His 2nd Class Iron Cross
3.   His First Class Iron Cross (cased)
4.    His operational flying clasp in silver for 60 missions. This is the clasp for bomber command.
5.   His war service cross with swords for combatants.
6.   His pilots’ badge by C.E. Junker Berlin with (repaired) bottom hinge catch.
7.   An award plaque for 1st prize in the Olympiajolle 14/8/37 That he participated in the Warne Munde contest near Keil.  This was the standard segel-wetffahrten (A special regalia for sea pilots.
8.   A Naval cap ribbon from one of the Hapag Line ships that he  had served on (This one, the “Cobra”)
9.   Another Naval cap ribbon from a Hapag Line ship that he had served on in peace time.  This one the “Konigin Luise”
10.   A framed picture of Falk wearing his medals on his Lufwaffe uniform.  The picture with frame measures 10 x7 and is quite sharp and clear
11.   24 documents and letters to include the very important award documents for the “Ehrenpokal”
*12. a paket of personal pictures

You count the pictures at No. 12. This adds 15 more pieces making a total of more than 50 important items that comprise this prodigiously important group.  The packet of pictures that we mentioned contains some very important views of the life of this brave young flyer every one of them shows him in Luftwaffe uniform or earlier ones showing him as a sailor on the Battle Cruiser Schliesen back in the 30’s.  One of the pictures has the legend hand written on the back Andenken Sommer 1932 and he is shown wearing a Reichsmarine uniform. One picture is shown with him posing in sun glasses and swim suit with six comrades at the beach.  Some great pictures of him and comrades also in 1932 dressed in their early flyer uniforms and a great picture taken after 1935 of him in Luftwaffe uniform with officers at a beer drinking event.  Well, he was German wasn’t he?


This has to be one of the finest groups that we have ever seen assembled with the greatest amount of important articles that now are a memorial to a courageous fighter for Fuhrer and Fatherland.  We are sadly amazed that some family member of his would even think of selling these priceless items a short time ago.  It is almost a sacrilege.  We did not buy it from the family. No, we would have practically paid them to keep it along with a brisk (revisionist) lecture from us.  But, it was bought by a German dealer directly from the Falk family.  Unfortunately, most German militaria dealers are German only in the fact that they were born there.  They are not Germanophiles. They are motivated by $$$ and Euros.  We can only hope that when this group is purchased, that it will be put on display in honor of Oberfeldwebel Willi  Falk, pilot of the Luftwaffe and Teutonic “Warrior of the clouds”. 

The Papers. documents and letters that are important to the Falk grouping 

1. The Letter envelope that contains: A death notice for Oberfeldwebel combat flyer Falk, he died in a Berlin air crash July 16 1942. He was taken from the hospital where he passed away and was buried with full honors at Nuremberg where he was born.
2.  His Wehrpass where -it is noted that he died in an air accident (a fatal crash).  It is also noted: that the official file is in Greisenberg. A listing of Wehrmacht (Luftwaffe) stationing mentions that he was a Marine Fleiger. It mentions he was on the old battle ship (Schliesen which was an   (older battle cruiser) and it is supposed that he was the ships pilot in a Seaplane that was on deck for Ariel reconnaissance. It mentions promotions from Unterofficer to Oberfeldwebel. It also lists his awards—He Won the Ehren-Pokal (Honor Goblet) of the Luftwaffe, Iron Cross 2nd Class Oct 21st 1941, Iron Cross 1st class Nov 5 1941, Frontflugspange in bronze and later the silver class in July 1941. There is a page with all his bombing missions (Liverpool, Bristol, Birmingham, London, Birkenhead, Portsmith, Sheffield, and Cardiff in Wales. even more missions were flown against British convoys in the English Channel. Falk  Flew with the Italians in Sicily in  1941. .At this time he He flew his mission’s in Italy he also flew 9 reconnaissance missions over England. It was noted that he flew 43 total missions. in the Blitzkrieg. Later in a letter to Falk’s mother this was corrected by a comrade who claimed it was 53. In any case a Great combat pilot and fighter for his German fatherland. 
3.   Letter from  an insurance company. His mother applies in a 1949 application for pension but was rejected from Landesversicerungsansalt because she was already getting her husbands pension from his service in WW I.
4 .A Letter from  Falk to his sister - -Birthday greetings (with the original envelope)
5.  WW I Wehrpass,having belonged to his father who was born in Austria.  Interestingly He was officially issued a civilian suit when he left the service in 1919.
6.   Condolence letter in envelope (feldpost). This was from a squadron comrade telling the sister what a great airman Oberfeldwebel Falk was and how he was liked by the whole squadron. He was said to be a Good warm-hearted person.  He died for his family and the German  Fatherland.
7. A Green (Blindflug) card shows that he did instrument training 1940-41 (Blindflug) this means flying through darkness and heavy fog. The card shows 3 different bombers that he flew successfully: W-34 (seaplane),  Junkers 52   (Tri-motor) bomber,  Heinkel 111 standard single engine light bomber,  Donier 17 (‘the Flying Pencil”),  Junkers - 88 (Twin engine bomber). The Lower section of this card shows his (state of readiness and is signed by group commander Bischoff who was then a Lt. Col. & (“later Oberst”) and WW I winner of the Pour le Merite this bears his real signature.
8.  The official Death Certificate sealed in a plastic frame from the Luftwaffe command center.
9, Two sailors cap ribbons from ships that he had served on in peace time, when he was a Matrosen (Sailor).
10. Plaque that is the 1st prize in sailing contest “Olympiajolle” Olympic class boat regatta held in Warne Memde near the city of Kiel.
11.Award document for the goblet ( Ehrenpokal.) Honor Goblet- - It  reads on its surface that it is awarded for outstanding performance and bravery as a combat flyer and for his special achievement in the” Luftkreig” (Air war)  with Gorings facsimile signature and with the actual signature of the General of the Fleiger arm and Chief of the Luftwaffe personal branch. The award was made 18 March 1942.(posthumously).
12.A packet of pictures including a picture of Falk in his naval uniform (Pre war).
13.A group picture of Falk and his pre war naval flyer comrades before a seaplane that is shown in front of its hanger.
14.Death notice in a newspaper. Enclosed with an official notice that he would posthumously receive the Erenurkunde presented to his mother.
15a   Letter to the effect that a posthumous award would be made of the Ehrenpokal (Honor Goblet) signed in hand by a. Lieutenant and staffoffizier.
15 b,  the backside of the plastic sheet shows that he attended the Volks-school  with satisfactory grades, dated 7 April 1927.  He was born 12 Nov. 1913 in Nuremberg. Signed by his teacher and the school principle.
16. the award document for the “Frontspange” Front line combat bar for a brave war flyer and bomber command  hero in silver” to Oberfeldwebel Falk 3./D. Gr  606 this document is signed by  hand by the Captain and Gruppkommandeur I.V. on 3rd July 1941.It says in the name of the Supreme Command of the Luftwaffe.(Goring ).
17. Sterbeurkunde (Death certificate) from the Register’s office Wick= Rugen signed by Oberfeldwebel Siesfel Falk 3. Staffel, Flight Command Juterbog. Died on July 16th 1942 at 12:30 pm in Wasmandsdorf – Konigswusterhausen. He was born on Nov 12th 1913 in Nurnberg.
18. Promotion certificate from Feldwebel of the 3rd replacement group. Wilhelm Falk now promoted to Oberfeldwebel April 1st 1940   Signed by group commander Bischhof-who was at that time a Colonel.
19. Official coroner certificate of death filled out by a doctor- - - cause of death shown - - Military hospital Berlin *(Pathology Institute) died in air crash. Date 16 July 1942 Paper is made out that shows that he broke his back.
20. Report from the hospital to his mother it says (“according to your wishes the body will be taken to Nuremberg July 23rd 1942”. The expense for the transport for the body will be paid by the Government (The Reich). We will also send you 165 marks for your expenses for the grave plot and coffin. This will be sent to you as soon as we receive the confirmation. This was from the   Registration Dept. for Fallen Soldiers.
21. Oberfeldwebel Falk’s mother receives 731 marks from something like a Social Security office.
22. An interesting chart that was found among the papers  that seemingly  has to do with aircraft machinegun operation.
23. Another notice from a social service organization for the Wehrmacht. And in this case “Luftwaffe” Oberf. Falk served 10 years in the Luftwaffe and his mother received 1,000 marks but had to pay a tax of 102.00 marks after receiving this cash award. The old tax man is always waiting isn’t he? 
24. A letter from a Lieutenant who served with Falk sent to his mother. This man says he was a close comrade and says that Falk flew 53 sorties against England.  He was one of our best pilots in low level attacks against British convoys. He sunk 3 British transports with a total of 14,000 tons. This officer says “We’ll miss him very much” and sends his sincere condolences to the grieving mother

PRICE: $12,500.00 (Traded - no longer available)

 

Paratrooper Patch

 

Paratrooper Patch

 

Paratrooper (“Fallshirmjager”) Cloth Award Patch (Item LUFT 17-2)

DESCRIPTION: This is one of the scarcer of the cloth patches of the German armed forces (Wehrmacht). Actually it is the actual award in cloth for wear on the combat uniform.  They are scarce when “real” and this one is most assuredly “real.”  Measures 2 ½ inches high by 2 inches wide.  It bears the Luftwaffe eagle in a dive while surrounded by an oak leaf border.  Nice condition but you can see its age (nice age!) getting very scarce for sure.

PRICE: $179.00

 

Oberserver's Badge

 

Oberserver's Badge
Oberserver's Badge
Oberserver's Badge
Oberserver's Badge

Observers Badge of the Luftwaffe (Air Force) (Item LUFT 17-3)

DESCRIPTION: This is an extra fine example of the Beobachterabzeichen in beautiful mint condition.  While the observers badge was not instituted until 26 March 1936 a great deal of preparation went into the eventual authorization of the award. An order published by the Reichsminister Der Luftfahrt on 27 November 1935 described the exact specifications for the badge.  These specifications can be found on page 177 of John Angolia’s book “Fur Fuhrer und Fatherland”.  The badge was awarded upon completion of two months qualifying service or after five operational flights in the capacity of an observer, navigator or bombardiers.  The last known bestowal of the observers badge was made on 2 May 1944.  The one we offer is of the early heavy construction and is a real jewel!  It was struck by the Assmann firm and is so marked. Its detail is positively exemplary. We have never seen one this good in many years.  You will be proud to add this to the finest collection.
 
PRICE: SOLD

 

Spanish Cross

 

Spanish Cross

 

Spanish Cross without Swords (Item LUFT 17-4)

DESCRIPTION: This is the medal of the Condor Legion of Spanish Civil War fame. It is the neatest looking medal of the Third Reich. We recently sold another one in the silver coloration. This one is in excellent plus condition. The detail is in a word (superlative)… a real beauty!  It is an issue and has no company marking. The eagles are beautifully presented with clearly cut out swastikas. The hour glass retaining pin is proper and the hinge arrangement is intact and tight. Just a beautiful example of this great badge.

PRICE: SOLD

 

Iron Cross Award Certificate

Iron Cross Award Document Field Issue (LUFT 17-4 & WEHR 30-5)
DESCRIPTION: This is one of about a dozen of these field issue documents that were purchased from a veteran of the US 82nd Airborne Div. It is in mint condition, having never been used. They came out of a sealed package that was found in a field HQ of the German Army somewhere in France in 194. These were used at the front when awarding the coveted award of the Iron Cross 1st class, the pin back version. It says (translated) “in the name of the Fuhrer and Supreme commander and order giver of the armed forces I award you the Iron Cross 1st class." Above this you can see an image of the Iron cross and in the middle is a space for the insertion of the man’s name and rank and underneath would be the signature of the actual unit commander who bestows the medal with day and year above. These are rare in that they just usually never were found on prisoners since the certificate was invariably sent home to family. This group found is fortunately in mint condition having been in a briefcase left behind by some division officer. The most interesting part of this find is that the document was found in France and were to be issued by the Kommandant of Gross Paris (Greater Paris) (Kommandostab) (command staff ) The official stamp is applied next to where the names of the officers bestowing the award go. A great document, historically important and the condition is fine to mint. It is not often that a document shows up in this condition.

PRICE: $45.00

 

Goring Luftwaffe Medallion
Goring Luftwaffe Medallion

Goring Luftwaffe Medallion

Goring Luftwaffe Medallion


Goring Luftwaffe Medallion
Goring Luftwaffe Medallion
Goring Luftwaffe Medallion
Goring Luftwaffe Medallion
Goring Luftwaffe Medallion
Luftwaffe Silvered Large Medallion for Outstanding Achievements in Technics
“Medallie” fur Ausgezeichnete Leistungen Im Technischen
Dienst Der Luftwaffe
(Item LUFT 17-5 & GOR 10-6)
DESCRIPTION: This is the non-portable award that was given under the auspices of Hermann Goring's Reichsmarshal who was the Supreme Commander of the German air force.(Luftwaffe). It was given for special achievement in the field of air technology. It is 75 mm in size or 3 inches in diameter. It has the bust portrait of Hermann Goring on its obverse with the words "Der Oberbefehlshaber der Luftwaffe" ( The Supreme Order giver of the Air Force). The reverse has the eagle peculiar to the Luftwaffe and the words seen at the top of this narrative concerning the awards purpose. The medallion is in good shape and is considered quite rare.

PRICE: $495.00

 


Luftwarre Pilot Badge (Variation)

 

Luftwarre Pilot Badge (Variation)

 

A Pilot's Badge 1935- 1936 (Variation) Extremely Rare (Item LUFT 17-6)

DESCRIPTION: In the book “Combat Medals of the Third Reich” the author, Christopher Ailsby, says while the reason for this variation is unknown, he has a theory for its possible use but unfortunately he does not venture forth with his theory. Our own theories are two in number. It well could have been a prototype produced by one manufacturer and possibly the design was not accepted by the Luftwaffe. Another rejected by Ailsby is that due to the fact that it is so seldom seen it could have been for special Luftwaffe service; for instance, to give instant recognition to Luftwaffe pilots who were trained and came into service as Jet pilots and flew the Messerschmitt 262??? The badge is as described by Ailsby in his book. He says that all the examples that he has seen follow the construction that he has outlined and he assumes (rightfully) that his gives the assumption at least that they were all produced by the same manufacturer. The big difference in this badge, beyond the fact that it is round rather than oval, lies in the fact that it has a wreath that is ‘dished’ in the rear unlike the more standard pilot badges, plus the eagle is generally smaller overall. In the many years we have seen only three of these badges compared with the hundreds of the standard ones we have encountered. A real rarity in beautiful condition, unnamed as all of these badges are. The wreath diameter is 1 ½", the wing span is 2 ¼" long. A great addition to a serious collection. 

PRICE: SOLD

 

Cased Luftwaffe Pilot Badge

Cased Luftwaffe Pilot Badge
Cased Luftwaffe Pilot Badge
Back view of badge
Cased Luftwaffe Pilot Badge
Cased Luftwaffe Pilot Badge
Luftwaffe Pilot's Badge (Cased) (Item LUFT 17-8)

DESCRIPTION: This is a brilliant example of the ‘Luftwaffe Flugzeug Fuhrer Abzeichen’ or German Air Force Qualification Badge. The original institution for this badge came on 27 May 1935 although the badge was not brought into being by Hermann Goring until 12 August 1935. It was an oval, slightly convex silver plated wreath, the right half laurel and the left half oak leaves. The wreath had mounted on it an eagle in flight, oxidized and silver plated, clutching a swastika on its claws. The eagle is riveted to the wreath on each side. The badge was awarded on completion of flight training and when the pilot received his flying license and citation. The badge was issued in a case (included here) with the badge designation stenciled in gold block letters on its lid. The case that is with this badge is intact and in good shape but the letters are the worse for wear. The badge is in very good condition with the original oxidation intact. The feather detailing is wonderful with every feather of the eagle highly visible. A superior WWII badge that belongs in a fine collection.

PRICE: SOLD

 

 

Luftshutz M35/40 Helmet

Luftshutz M35/40 Helmet
Luftshutz M35/40 Helmet
Luftshutz M35/40 Helmet
Luftshutz M35/40 Helmet
Luftshutz Combat Helmet M-35/40 Version (Item NSD 17-10 & LUFT 17-10)

DESCRIPTION: This is a M35/40 beaded Luftshutz SHD/LSWD helmet with Luftshutz decal and satin dark blue finish. This differs from the standard 1938 Air Defense helmet commonly known as the Gladiator Helm because of its resemblance to the helmets worn by the ancient Roman gladiators in the arena. During the course of WWII, many of the personal who formed the Luftshutz-SHD Security and as stance service stopped wearing the standard Luftshutz helmet and were issued a more protective combat style. This was also true for the personal of the air raid warning service. At this point, beaded versions of the M-1935 M1 1935/40 and M 1942 were issued to these groups. The helmet later in the last days of the Reich was often used by the ‘Volkstrum’ or people's army in 1945.  This helmet is just as protective as the standard Wehrmacht helmet. The one we offer here is in fairly nice condition with original three piece liner of leather. It bears the number 5087 at the back portion of the shell and Q-64 on the side of the inner shell. Most of the finish (all original) is there with multiple scratches on the top of the shell but no dents. The Luftshutz decal is fine with a few scratches that do not detract at all. Rare in this condition. Has original chin strap. This is a good one!

PRICE: $450.00

 

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