SUPERB WW1 TUNIC BELONGING TO FAMOUS WW1 GERMAN ACE RUDOLF STARK, AUTHOR OF WINGS OF WAR , ARTIST, WHO WAS ONE OF THE EARLY MEMBERS OF THE FLEDGLING SECRET GERMAN AIRFORCE HAVING JOINED IN 1933. A FOKKER DVII IN HIS MARKINGS GRACES THE COLLECTION OF THE. OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE. Born on 11th February 1897 to a military family, his father a Lieutenant Colonel in the Bavarian army, Rudolf joined the Army as a Cadet in 1910. By the start of WW1, he had joined the elite 2nd Bavarian Uhlan Regiment, serving as Junior Officer with this regiment in lothringen, Northern France and Flanders.
During his service with the 2nd Uhlans, he was promoted Lieutenant in October 1915 and for gallantry, he was Awarded the Bavarian Military Merit Cross 2nd Class, Iron Cross 2nd Class and Bavarian Military Merit Order 4th Class. From May 1916, he Commanded the Regiments machine gun squadron. In March 1917, Stark joined the German air service and after training, he was posted to FA(A) 296 on 18th September 1917.Clearly a good pilot, on 31st December 1817, he was sent for training as a fighter pilot and was posted to Jasta 34b on 18th January 1918. Stark scored five confirmed victories in the spring of 1918 and was Awarded the Iron Cross 1st Class in April. On 24th May, he joined Jasta 77b as Commander, scoring his sixth confirmed victory the day after he arrived. On 7 June, he was reassigned to Command of Jasta 35b where he remained until the end of the war. Stark scored a further five more confirmed victories.
On 29th October 1918, Stark was honoured with the Award the Hohezollern House Order Knights Cross with Swords and ended the War being credited with 11 Confirmed and 5 unconfirmed aerial victories. During his service as a fighter pilot, Stark flew Pfalz DIIIs and a Fokker Dr1 marked with a lilac coloured engine cowling and a lilac band on the fuselage. In August 1918 Jasta 35b were supplied with the new Fokker DVII fighter.
Stark applied the same markings to his DVII. Post WW1, Stark flew for a while with Polizei-Fliegerstaffel 1 at Schleisshei and as a test-pilot for Dornier. After that he went to. Stark was a very talented artist and for the next few years he worked in the advertising industry producing advertisements, many of a comical nature. In 1933, Stark joined the secret German airforce with the rank of Oberleutnant; a very early member.
By 1938 he was a Major in the Luftwaffe. During WW2, Stark commanded various airfields, in. He was promoted lieutenant colonel on 1st August 1941 and was Awarded The Italian Commendatore dell'Ordine della Corona d'Italia. Stark was discharged from the service on 31st August 1944. It is unknown what Stark did post War, he did stay in.
Perhaps went back to working as an artist but he did keep a keen interest in WW1 aviation. Rudolf Stark died in 1982.In 1933 Stark wrote Wings of War: an Airman's Diary of the Last Year of World War One, among of the best accounts by a WW1 fighter pilot. He also produced a number of paintings relating to War service and in particular his paintings of aerial combat are some of the most realistic of the time and have been reproduced in many publications. The above and the markings Starks Fokker DVII, make him one of the better known German Aces of WW1, indeed he is better known that some of the Pour Le Merite winners. Indeed the Fokker DVII in The National Museum of the United States Air Force, is painted in Starks colours. Double-breasted tunic M1915, " peace ulanka" Königliche Bayerische 2.
Ulanen Regiment "König" (2nd Royal Bavarian Uhlan Regiment) belonging to Lieutenant Rudolf Stark. Tunic is tailor made of fine field-gray cloth with 2.
Uhlans crimson-red stand-up collar, cord and polish cuffs, as well as silver buttons. Sewn in shoulder boards with crimson lining and the golden propeller pads of the flying troupe. Field gray damask lining with tailor label of Schwarz & Sohn. " and owners label "Lieutenant Stark... Stark did not joining the aviation service until March 1917, awarded the pilot badge on 23rd November 1917.The fact that this tunic has had flieger insignia to the shoulder boards and loops for the pilot badge to the breast, shows Stark wore this tunic into at least mid April 1918. On 21st April 1918, Stark was Awarded the Iron Cross 1st Class and there are no loops for this on the tunic. Condition is very good due to a few moth nips, mainly just below the buttons at the waist on the front of the tunic (see pics) and a couple of small 2 and 3mm ones. However bar this, there is almost none and overall condition would be excellent and shows very little wear.
It seems Christian Schwarz & Sohn of. Was Rudolf Starks preferred tailor that he used for his entire military service in WW1 and WW2.Not only is this tunic and his Luftwaffe tunic (also in Jagermedals stock) by this tailor but about 18 years ago I obtained another of Starks tunic; his 1915 Litewka tunic. Both collar and inside pocket name labels were the same as the two tunics for offer now and all had a similar degree of moth nips. That tunic is now in the collection in.
13 August 1914: Ersatz-squadron des Kgl. Squadron 30 September 1914: Fähnrich 25 October 1915: Leutnant. 5 May 1916: In charge of Machine gun squadron. 26 March 1917: FEA1 at Schleißheim. 14 April 1917: Fliegerschule 1.18 September 1917: FA(A) 296. 31 December 1917: Jasta-Schule II 8 January 1918: Jasta 34b. 24 May 1918: Command of Jasta 77b. 8 June 1918: Command of Jasta 35b. 29 November 1915: Bavarian Military Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords. 16 January 1916: Iron Cross 2nd Class. 7 September 1916: Bavarian Military Merit Order 4th Class with Swords. 23 November 1917: Pilot Badge. 21 April 1918: Iron Cross 2nd Class.
29 October 1918; Hohezollern House Order Knights Cross with Swords (this always left out of published biographies). 3 August 1922: Goldenen Hochzeits-Erinnerungsmünze Ludwig III.
War Merit Cross 2nd Class. 4 Year Long Service Medal. 12 Year Long Service Medal. Commendatore dell'Ordine della Corona d'Italia(Commanders Cross). A rare opportunity to own a tunic worn by one of the best known German Aces of WW1.
These were the only two tunics in the collection. PLEASE NOTE; If you have any questions and require more images please get in touch or contact me directly at jagermedals and I will send you what you need.
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