In “Between the Lines,” League President Michael O’Neal announces the winners of 2015’s Hooper Awards as voted by our members.
The Autumn 2016 issue then begins with “Max Immelmann – Legend and Truth” by Issue Editor Dr. Hannes Täger. It explores and addresses many of the legends surrounding the noted German aviator, including the flight maneuver named after him, his and Oswald Boelcke’s relationship, the three-machine gun airplane associated with him, his sobriquet the “Eagle of Lille” and even the theory that he was a “Mama’s Boy.” The article is well researched and presents a wealth of new information and insight into one of Germany’s earliest aces.
Dr. Täger follows up with “The Article that Coined Max Immelmann’s Sobriquet The Eagle of Lille,” which is a study of how Immelmann got the nickname that became the title of the 1934 biography published by his brother Franz. It is traced back to an April 1916 article whose origin may surprise many of you. Both the article and Dr. Täger’s commentary on it are presented.
To supplement both of these excellent investigations, Lance Bronnenkant shares some of the photos of Max Immelman that he has collected in “Max Immelmann – A Photo Essay.” Most of the 22 original images have rarely, if ever, been published before, including one right after Immelmann’s receipt of his uniquely-awarded Commander’s Cross of the Military St. Henry Order, several of him and the group of men visited by Friedrich August III (King of Saxony) in November 1915, some candid shots of him entertaining soldiers at his airfield and a closeup of his Pour le Mérite that shows evidence of his fatal crash.
The issue switches gears and turns to a biography of a noted Italian aviator in “Luigi Bologna, Italian Naval Air Leader over the Adriatic” by Mauro Antonellini. The author outlines the entire life and career of this pioneering airman who fought against Austro-Hungarian and German forces over the Adriatic Sea. Bologna, like so many other aviation veterans of the time, survived the war only to be killed in a flying accident in 1921. Numerous original photos supplement the story of this celebrated aviator.
“An Observer on the Front in Palestine – Part IV” wraps up the story of German aviator Hans Joachim Seidel that was begun in Volumes 27:1 (2012), 27:2 (2012) and 29:2 (2014). The final World War I narratives from Seidel are translated and annotated by his son, Michael, who also provides a multitude of photographs from his father’s personal album. Having suffered and recovered from two previous injuries, Seidel continued to serve on the frontlines until a devastating crash in April 1918 ended his war flying career; but his life continued until 1973 when he died from what the family suspects was the aftermath of his wartime injuries.
Dr. Täger concludes his issue with “Photo Essay: Pictures from Alfred Lipfert’s Aviation Career.” Today, Lipfert is known to few although he was one of Germany’s earliest aviation pioneers who built, flew and taught others such as then 16-year-old Curt Wüsthoff to fly airplanes. Readers are given the privilege of seeing 50 unpublished photographs from Lipfert’s personal album.