The original painting is painted with water color and ink on paper.
Erwin Böhme was a German pilot during World War I. He was born in Holzminden, grew into an athletic sportsman and became a flying ace during the war, credited with 24 victories. He was both a close friend and a military subordinate of Oswald Boelcke and was inadvertently responsible for Boelcke’s death. Böhme was also both a contemporary of, and eventually subordinate to Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron.
He was awarded the Pour le Mérite, the Royal Order of the House of Hohenzollern with Swords, and the Iron Cross of 1914, 1st and 2nd class.
Copyright © 2013, A. Hermann

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  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerabout 1 year ago

    Another good one. – Ted

    Erwin Böhme (29 July 1879 – 29 November 1917), Pour le Mérite, was a German pilot during World War I. He was born in Holzminden, grew into an athletic sportsman and became a flying ace during the war, credited with 24 victories. He was both a close friend and a military subordinate of Oswald Boelcke and was inadvertently responsible for Boelcke’s death. During their sixth mission on 28 October 1916, Böhme, Boelcke, von Richthofen, and three other pilots from Jasta 2 attacked two DH-2 scouts from No. 24 Squadron. In the scrambled attack in gusty weather, Richthofen was cut out of his firing approach on one British plane by an interposed German plane. Böhme and Boelcke were both closing on the other.
    Boelcke had to swerve to avoid a mid-air collision in the dogfight and Böhme’s Albatros briefly collided with that of Boelcke. The wheels of Böhme’s plane barely brushed the fabric of the top wing of Boelcke’s craft, enough to start the fabric unravelling. Boelcke struggled for control as his plane’s control surface shredded in the turbulence. He skilfully crash-landed after the entire upper wing tore loose. However, in his haste to be airborne he had not fastened his seat belt. Boelcke was killed by his relatively mild impact. Böhme survived the accident, as he had suffered only a landing gear damage. After landing, a despairing Böhme was discovered in his quarters with his pistol in his hand. Manfred von Richthofen had to talk him out of suicide. Böhme was also both a contemporary of and eventually subordinate to the Red Baron.

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