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General Militaria
Honor Goblet Grouping, Award Document, Wehrpass
Listing # 6898
Listing Format: Auction
Current price : $5,599.00
Starting bid: $3,495.00
# of bids: 20
Closes: Auction is closed
Started: 10/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
Ended: 10/28/2017 1:00:00 PM

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This solid silver Ehren Pokal features an early award document that is hand-signed by Goring, and comes complete with many other documents, including the Wehrpass, to Wilhelm Lindemann, who was assigned to Bomber Kampfgeschwader 157 Boelcke.  He saw action in the Poland campaign, the invasion of France, and most impressively, during the bombing of Britain.  He died in 1941 during a bombing raid over England.  Please see the paragraph at the bottom of this listing for his full career details.

The group contains the solid silver 835 goblet, the award document, plus his Iron Cross document, his bomber wing document, a sketch executed by him, a letter congratulating him on the award of the goblet, his Wehrpass with an outstanding photo.  Also included is one photo of him with three other pilots.  The Goblet and some documents were originally sold by George Peterson, and additional documents were recently acquired by the owner from  Now reunited, the group is being offered for the first time as a complete set.

Lindemann was born May 20th, 1918 in Senne in the administrative region of Bielefeld. His was a protestant family, his parents were Friedrich, a farmer by profession, and Johanna, nee Breipohl. He married his wife Linda on September 23rd, 1939. He attended a Volksschule and was trained to work as a mechanic. His wartime Wehrpass was issued and stamped in September of 1938, but there is a back entry for his first post from May 15th, 1935, when he was assigned to the 4th Fahrabteilung Rendsburg. From April 1936 to February 1937 he was with Fliegergruppe Schleisheim, during which time he was promoted to Gefreiter. Afterwards he spent several months with Fliegerschule Neuruppin before beginning training at the Bomber Pilot School Fassberg, 2nd Student Company, from June 15th 1937 to April 31st, 1938. In the same year he achieved the rank of Unteroffizier. He also received weapons training with the Pistol, SMG, Hand grenades, and the MG15 defensive weapon for aircraft, and had special training to serve as a pilot. He was the recipient of a Pilot’s Badge.  August 1st, 1938 he was with Kampfgeschwader 157 “Boelcke”, a bomber squadron. October 2nd 1938 he began service with Kampfgeschwader 27; the bomber squadron with which he served during the war. In September 21st, 1939, his unit began their involvement in the Air War with Poland. He had a recorded 9 sorties including engagements at Lomza. During his involvement in Poland, he was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class, and a Sudetenland Medal. May 10th to June 4th 1940 his unit was engaged in the invasion of France. The first entries describe battles for Flanders and Artois, and a breakthrough to the Channel. June 3rd, 1940 his unit carried out a mass aerial attack on airfields in the greater Paris area. By that date he had achieved the rank of Feldwebel. June 24th, 1940 began the Air War against England. His unit began attacking English air fields, aviation industry targets, port facilities, and attacks on convoys. On May 18th, 1941 he received the Flying Clasp in Silver after having flown 60 missions. July 12th his unit began operations to destroy RAF assets on the ground, including industrial infrastructure and import infrastructure. August 18th they began targeting London airports. On August 26th he was awarded the Iron Cross 1st Class. August 29th, 1940 their unit began a mass attack on Liverpool and Birkenhead. Between November 15th, 1940 and May 31st, 1941 he had flown another 32 sorties. On June 1st, 1941 his plane was downed over England and he was reported missing in action. He was confirmed dead on December 6th, 1944   Letter:  Dear Lindemann    I am thrilled to be able to send you my best wishes and congratulations about your receiving the Honour Goblet. I know you’ve earned this high award with courage and exceptional performance as a pilot. I expect that you will continue to fulfil your soldier duty with all your strength. With best wishes for your well being      

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