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Old 28th November 2007, 22:32
Pär Salomonson Pär Salomonson is offline
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Re: Hans Rossbach FDC


The following information about Hans Rossbach was provided to me by his son Manfred a few days ago. Quoted from his e-mail:

"He died in Nov 2001 at the age of 77 and was as an autograph collector well known in GB and Germany in the field of aviation. Since the age of 16 he started to collecting autographs of famous aviators. His collection has risen to one of the largest autograph collections with more then 20.000 signatures, including around 100 signatures of German airman who died before the end of WW2.

My father was very engaged in reconcile former enemies to a gallantry base. His efforts resulting signatures from German aces at official flight letters with commemorative motives to benefit the Royal Air Force Museums, flown by jets of the German Luftwaffe and RAF. The German Uboot commanders and the English former enemies are look upon favorably.

All signatures are given on photos and official flown postal covers issued by the Royal Airforce Museum with motives of aviate relations and importance. Most of them are unique and in its combination of signatures very interesting. Multi signed covers are mostly meaningful to the signatories and in combination (for example: The cover with the signature of Sir Arthur Portal
(Chief of Staff RAF) and vs. GenLt Adolf Galland (General of the German Fighter Arm), GenLt Dieter Peltz (General of the German Bomber Arm) ,and GenLt Josef Kammhuber (General of the German Night fighters)).

I would say the rest of whole ‘cake’ is to divide in:

1. RAF covers autographed by German survived U-Boat commanders of WW II (KC) - SOLD OUT

2. RAF covers autographed by navymembers in WWI (PLM) and WW II (KC) – SOLD OUT

3. German Air Force series of highly decorated German aviators in WW I, WW II and between the wars, pioneers, aerobatics, Zeppelin crewmen, designers, balloons, constructors

4. The Battle of Britain RAF covers signed by one English fighter ace plus at least one or more British fighter aces.

5. The Battle of Britain RAF covers signed by one English fighter ace plus at least one or more German fighter aces.

6. Around 1000 hand signed photos of USAF Fighter aces and German Luftwaffe aces.

7. Hundreds of Zeppelin post letters

8. RAF Air letters

Another subject: In the end of the 70ies my father had the idea to start a submarine-series including nearly all surviving U-Boat-Commanders decorated with the Knights Cross (oakleaves and swords). We arranged a meeting at Admiral Dönitz’ home and he agree to sign this series and a few extras. Of course all signatures where given with donations for the U-Boat Memorial Monument and charities. All 48 ex-commanders took part this series."

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