BOOK – RITTER VON SCHLEICH: JAGDFLIEGER IM WELTKRIEG UND IMDRITTEN REICH – by FRIED LANGE.
This is a biography of Eduard Ritter von Schleich, who was one of the better-known Bavarian Aviation Aces, with thirty-five confirmed victories over British and French airplanes. His planes sported Bavaria’s Lion rampant on a blue and white checkerboard background. He eventually became known as the “Black Knight of Germany” when he had his airplanes painted all black to honor the death of a fellow pilot. While not known as well as Manfred von Richthofen and his red airplanes, von Schleich made his mark over the Western Front’s skies. He also later commanded Jagdgruppe Nr 8, JG 4b.
Prior to WW II he commanded JG 26, which went on to become the most famous on the second war’s Western Front. He was then reassigned to command a fighter pilot school. During the later part of WW II, he commanded Luftwaffe forces in both Denmark and Norway. After the war, he was held in British custody for war crimes. These charges were never proved and he was never brought to trial. He died in captivity in 1947.
This book was published in 1939. It is liberally illustrated with seldom seen photographs. It tells Schleich’s story from WW I until the early days of WW II. The book is also autographed by von Schleich (as Ritter von Schleich) in pencil on the flyleaf. It is a consignment item.