This is a very interesting original autographed photograph of Max Immelmann (1890-1916). Immelmann was one of early WW I’s two leading single-seater pilots. At the time he flew to fame, he and Oswald Boelcke were flying the first Fokker Eindeckers (monoplanes with a single wing). They were assigned to Flieger Abteilung 62 and, under certain circumstances, were allowed to fly their Eindeckers against the French and British. Boelcke and Immelmann changed the landscape of how fighter planes were employed. By January 1916, each had scored eight victories, and both were awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite. (The PLM also came to be known as the “Blue Max” after Max Immelmann, if we believe the legend). Ultimately, single-seater airplanes were formed into Jagdstaffeln, which were better known as Jastas. Before this took place, however, Immelmann died on 18 June 1916. [Boelcke lived long enough to begin the process, and raised-up many “cubs” in his Jasta Nr 2, including Manfred von Richthofen].
When he died, Immelmann had seventeen confirmed victories. Only Boelcke had more at that time. Immelmann also created the “Immelmann Turn” before his death, an aviation maneuver that is still used by fighter pilots today.
Today we are offering an original photograph of Immelmann. Immelmann is standing in front of the Fokker Eindecker that he made famous. It is a fairly close-up photograph that shows excellent details of the Fokker rotary engine. In looking at the engine, one can see that a wreath with a ribbon is draped over it. This photograph may have been taken shortly after he was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite, as he is wearing it around his neck. He is wearing a long flying coat with a fur collar. He is also wearing his schirmütze.
His large and clear black ink signature is seen across the photograph’s bottom. The photograph is housed in a period frame made of a light brown wood. It measures 5 7/8″ x 4 7/8.” An easel on the reverse allows the frame to be displayed on a flat surface. The photograph within the frame measures 5 1/4″ x 3 3/8.”
It is a very high quality presentation.