Not only is the group amazing, the pilot himself was quite remarkable. A rich Jewish business man (Cigar manufacturer) who at 46 in 1914 was exempt from the Army, yet fought prejudice and his age to become the oldest German fighter pilot off WW1 and possibly of all nations. Originally flying 2 seaters, he few Fokker EIII’s in Kek Metz with the likes of Hermann Goering and other later Aces. As an original member of Jasta 17 when it was formed, he was promoted Leutenant from reserve NCO rank, it was something almost unheard of in the German Army. He was severely wounded in a dog fight in mid 1917 and did not return to active service due to wounds. At this point he had 4 confirmed victories and 4 unconfirmed, though at least 2 of the latter were so clear cut, he was most unfortunate not to have them confirmed.
On the document side there is everything bar his logbook; documents for every promotion, award, victory confirmations, Soldbuch’s, Honour goblet, letters from Kek Metz and Jasta 17, post war condolence letters from other aces such as Udet and a great number of other Aces signatures throughout the group etc etc
The 4 outstanding photo albums with 315 photos, are professionally put together and leather bound/embossed like books – Wolff was very, very rich so could afford the best and of the well over 1000 albums I’ve had these are certainly the best. They have been put together in order giving Wolff’s entire WW1 service from 2 seater pilot to fighter pilot, to forming of the ‘Iron Pilots’ in the early 1920’s, a ‘club’, formed by some of the top living German Aces still alive. The photo content, especially Kek Metz and Jasta 17 is amazing but what adds so much is Wollf has used his logbook, unit war diaries etc to tell of his and his units story. Everything has been professionally typed up with room for photos and documents (all original), which have then been added.
Really the only missing items are his badges, medals and Honour Goblet, all of which would be unnamed.
An article on Wolff can be forwarded to any potential buyer to give you a better idea of who we are dealing with – I’m quite sure you will recognize him!
I must stress that although the above lists of most of the items in the group, it does not list everything, their will be items I’ve missed out or not even noted myself! Likewise, the pictures of the PDF are of only part of the group, to give a taste of the content.
On another note, there are surprising similarities between Wolff and the group I also have to American Ace Jacques Swaab; both of course Jewish, both very rich and neither ‘needed’ to serve and both were in the cigarette/cigar industry!