ERNST UDET German Air Ace – collection of personal items.
This group of items purportedly came from the Girlfriend of Udet, at a time when he was literally ‘flying high’ during W1.
He apparently abandoned her later but she always treasured the items that were given to her and subsequently passed down from her family with the ‘story’– at the time of the War end, he would still have been only 22 years old.. but by then most of his ‘class of the time’ were dead.
The ring.. is not the best executed, but reality is that this was during WW1 and toward the end German implacable standards suffered. Silver / black onyx or glass with Blue Max badge set in silver in the middle.
An old WW1 German penknife.
The postcard is clearly signed by him.
I understand that the Cigarette Case bears his initials and I am told there are a number of pictures with him holding it on the web. Aviators Badge and Jugenstal images on front.. with EU in carved high German initials on the back. It still contains 3 original rolled cigarettes – something he always used,
No markings on case so could be silver or plate.
The belt is attributed to him and certainly would be what a flyer of this period would have worn.
Unfortunately the ‘story’ is great, but no definitive provenance now exists… but after 2 Wars, Inflation, the events of the 30/40’s I am surprised anything exists.. !
Needs a lot more detailed research.
Colonel General Ernst Udet (26 April 1896 – 17 November 1941) was the second-highest scoring German flying ace of World War I. He was one of the youngest aces and was the highest scoring German ace to survive the war (at the age of 22). His 62 confirmed victories were second only to Manfred von Richthofen, his commander in the Flying Circus. Udet rose to become a squadron commander under Richthofen, and later under Hermann Göring.
Following Germany’s defeat, Udet spent the 1920s and early 1930s as a stunt pilot, international barnstormer, light aircraft manufacturer, and playboy. In 1933, he joined the now ruling Nazi Party and became involved in the early development of the Luftwaffe. He used his networking skills to get himself appointed director of research and development for the burgeoning air force. He was especially influential in the adoption of dive bombing techniques as well as the Stuka dive bomber. By 1939, Udet had risen to the post of Director-General of Equipment for the Luftwaffe. However, the stress of the position and his distaste for administrative duties led to an increasing dependence on alcohol.
When World War II began, the Luftwaffe’s needs for equipment outstripped Germany’s production capacity. Udet’s former comrade Hermann Göring first lied to Adolf Hitler about these material shortcomings when the Luftwaffe lost the Battle of Britain, then deflected the Führer’s wrath onto Udet.
Operation Barbarossa, when Germany attacked the Soviet Union to open a second front in the war, appears to have been the final straw for Udet. On 17 November 1941, he committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.