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Extensive group of documents, photos and insignia related to the career of Luftwaffe engineer Otto Sunkel, includes: his Luftwaffe "wehrpass", 52pp. 12mo., issued Feb. 24, 1938 and featuring his identity photo and signature on the second page. Page 12 shows his various regimental assignments, indicating that he served primarily with signals and communications units, while page 22, shows his rank progression from his induction as "Hauptingenieur" ("general engineer") in September of 1937, to "Stabsingenieur" ("staff engineer") in October of 1938, and finally "Flieger Oberstabsingenieur" ("aviation chief engineer") in April of 1944. Pages 32 and 33 indicate that he spent the majority of the war stationed in Belgium and western France, and several of his decorations are listed on page 38. Shows expected wear to the covers, else very good. WITH: partly-printed D.S., 1p. 8vo., [n.p.], April 20, 1944, an award certificate granting Sunkel the War Merit Cross, First Class with Swords. Signed at the conclusion in black ink by Luftwaffe field marshal HUGO SPERRLE (1885-1953) as chief of Luftflotte 3. Very good. WITH: partly-printed D.S., 1p. 8vo., [n.p.], Jan. 30, 1944, an award certificate granting Sunkel the War Merit Cross, Second Class with Swords. Again signed by Sperrle at the conclusion in black ink. Very good. WITH: partly-printed D.S., 1p. 4to., [n.p.], March 11, 1939, an award certificate granting Sunkel the Long Service Award, Fourth Class for four years' service in the Luftwaffe. Signed once more at the conclusion by Sperrle in black ink. Very good. WITH: Partly-printed D.S., 1p. oblong 8vo., Munich, Sep. 18, 1939, an award certificate granting Sunkel the Sudetenland Medal. Signed at the conclusion by a Luftwaffe major general in black ink, countersigned with Sperrle's typed signature. WITH: eleven additional documents related to Sunkel's service, including his service agreement, completed and signed by Sunkel upon joining the Luftwaffe; documents for his dismissal from the Luftwaffe issued both by the Wehrmacht and the occupying American 14th Armored Division; his shooting record book; a 1935-dated order enlisting Sunkel as a radio engineer; and more. All generally very good. WITH: pair of Luftwaffe collar tabs, each 2" x 1 1/2", of pink wool over a buckram core, trimmed with braided aluminum bullion and depicting a three-bladed propeller over an oak leaf cluster, indicating Sunkel's early rank of "Oberingenieur" ("upper engineer") in the Luftwaffe Engineering Corps. Both show some wear and appreciable moth nips, else very good. WITH: Group of six photos, 5" x 7" and smaller, most b/w but the largest a chest-up color view of Sunkel in uniform as a "Stabsingenieur" ("staff engineer"). The additional images include a small identity photo of Sunkel at the same rank, with three group photos showing Sunkel among other Luftwaffe engineering and flight officers, and the last an aerial view of a Belgian castle where he was stationed in 1940. All very good. Twenty two pieces overall. Should be seen.
Current Bidding (Reserve Not Met)
Minimum Bid: $500.00
Final prices include buyers premium:
Estimate: $950 - $1,000
Auction closed on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
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