I have a red/black/white Flieger Meldung, with a tube....and the original hand drawn map that was enclosed in the tube and dropped to LtGen Hofmeier. Here is what I am told is the commentary (translation from German) that accompanies the drawing on the map ---- Inscribed on top: "On 20. [or 28.?] 1.15 at the Bois d’Herties [?] Basis for a destructive bombardment by our batteries". Then, next to the little map that includes the villages of Regnieville, Limey and Mamey this is written..."2 batteries in the second hollow north of Mamey (150 m west of the street) firing on the Priesterwald. We are going up again. If you would like to we could direct your fire on these batteries. The signals remain [the same]"....signed "Baer".
I have already researched and received some information about the pilot/observer Baer (noted below), and am hoping this might lead someone to give me information about my great grandfather, Lt Gen Fritz Hofmeier (his unit, what was this battle, etc). I'm also trying to find out if this original document and Flieger Meldung might have any value to a museum or teaching institution, or an individual collector.
BAER, Hptm., Otto Observer
* 1.11.82 Schwegenheim/Pfalz
Ltn 8.3.04 8. bayer.Inf.Rgt. 7Jul 02 1 Aug14 bFFA 3
Oblt 7.3.12 bFEA BK IIA1 2Mar14
Hptm 9.8.15 bFFA 3 OzbV 2 2Aug14 2Oct15 Champagne
3. Armee kdrt 2Oct15 6Nov15 bFFA 3 AF3 28Mar16 29Sep16 bFEA
bFEA 29Sep16 23Oct16 FlBS
FlBeobSch4 23Oct16 1Nov16 bFEA/Recruit Depot
bFEA RecrDep5Kom 1Nov16 24Dec16 bFA(A) 289
bFA(A) 289 AF6 24Dec16 7Jun18 Grufl 12
Grufl 12 Kom7 7Jun18 End of War
EK II 4.10.14
EK I 9.2.15
MVO 4/S 15.12.14
1 Bayerische Flieger-Ersatz-Abteilung in Schleissheim, Beobachterkurs IIA
2 Bayerische Feldflieger-Abteilung 3, Offizier zur besonderen Verwendung (=adjutant)
3 AF = Abteilungsführer = Commanding Officer
4 Flieger-Beobachter-Schule in Schleissheim bei München
5 bFEA Rekruten-Depot, Kommandierender Offizier
6 Bayerische Fliegerabteilung (Artillerie) 289, Abteilungsführer
7 Gruppenführer der Flieger 12, responsible for all aviation services in a given front area of an Armee.
Thank you so very much for any information you can offer --Jane