Fitzmaurice, James & Kohl, Hermann

Program for dinner honoring 1st East-West nonstop transatlantic flight crew members, signed by 2 of the 3 famed aviators

Price: $125.00

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JAMES C. FITZMAURICE (1898-1965) Irish-born aviation pioneer, member of crew of the Bremen, which made the first successful transatlantic East-West April 12-13, 1928. Joined British Army in WW I, posted to School of Military Aeronautics 1918. Joined Army Air Corps 1919 as lieutenant and in May flew 1st night mail flight (Folkestone-Boulogne). In Feb. 1922 joined Irish Army Corps following formation of the Irish Free State, captain 1923. In 1925 appointed 2nd-in-command of Irish Air Corps, commandant 1927. On Sept. 16, 1927 his attempted East-West flight was aborted. On April 12-13, 1928 he flew in Bremen on the 1st East-West flight with pilot Capt. Hermann Köhl and owner Baron Ehrenfried Guenther von Hünefeld (1892-1929). Promoted major retroactively to 13 Apr. 1928 and colonel 24 Aug. 1928, backdated a year with back pay. HERMANN KOHL: (1888-1938) German engineer in WW I, became pilot and commander of a bomber squadron. Received highest Prussian medal for bravery 1918. After war flew with Luft Hansa. Flew “Bremen” with Fitzmaurice & von Heunefeld missing goal of New York, landing on Canadian coast. By a May 2 1928 special Act of Congress, the 3 were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross as well as honorary citizenship from Chicago and St. Louis. On Sept. 18, von Hünefeld and Swedish pilot Karl Lindner took off from Berlin in the Europa in an attempt to fly around the world. After they arrived in Tokyo on Oct. 20, the flight was ended because of poor weather and Hünefeld's declining health; he died of stomach cancer Feb. 1929. Pilot Floyd Bennett rose from a sickbed and flew with Bernt Balchen to rescue Kohl, Fitzmaurice, and von Huenefeld. Bennett contracted pneumonia, dying in Quebec April 25 at age 37. Signed also by Padraic Colum (1881-1972) Irish poet, novelist, dramatist, biographer, collector of folklore, one of the leading figures of the Celtic Revival, Mrs. Edith Lindsey Crawford a (host of event), and one other. Mr. Lindsey Crawford signs in pencil on the verso of the menu. Pencil signatures of Major Fitzmaurice and Hermann Kohl (“Köhl”) on verso of 6 ½ x 4 ¾ Park Central Hotel, NYC May 8 1928 dinner invitation honoring the Bremen crew members, signed also by Padraic Colum and three others, inc. hosts Mr. & Mrs. Lindsey Crawford, Mrs. Edith Lindsey Crawford signs on inside pager across from menu, verso of the inserted menu with pencil signature of host Lindsay Crawford.

Condition: Good, cover toned in part, glue stains and offset on 3 blank pages.
Type:Signed Menu






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