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Old 7 December 2009, 01:45 AM   #1
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Question The Body of Max Immelmann

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So recently I devoted more time to going back and studying the early war aces again. I got to Immelmann and began wondering a few details regarding his corpse. I know that his E.III wreck was so horrible that they could only knew it was him because of the remaining green fabric on the bits of the surviving fuselage and the handkerchief he carried with him with his initials on it (and it's no wonder when one closely examines the photographs of the wreck). Which brings me to my first question: are there any accounts of the recovery of his body? Or just of the wreck for that matter?

And, if so, was any autopsy/examination of it performed (I'm doubtful on this, but it never hurts to check and get a confirmation on yes or no)? Who performed it and when? Finally, what became of his body and the wreck of his plane?

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... what became of his body and the wreck of his plane?
His body was burried...

... his plane not

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Old 9 December 2009, 03:08 PM   #3
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to my knowledge nobody has ever found any trace of the research documents of the German 6th Army dealing with his death.
Therefore we do not know many details and some contradictions are obvious.
Also his brother´s (Franz Immelmann) book - inspite of providing many information - has some false and misleading claims about Max life and death. (Nevertheless generations of writers liked and like to repeat these wrong claims.)

Most sources say he was laying under the motor of his aircraft but one claims he was laying over the engine. No doubt, his body was badly mutilated.
Finally Max dead body was burned in the crematory of Dresden-Tolkewitz.

There can hardly be any doubt that his body was examined by comrads and doctors as well. There is a discussion about one photograph if this picture is showing Immelmanns dead body and from time to time ebay traders try to increase value of pictures of dead airmen with a hint to Immelmann.

Main parts of his wrecked airplane were stored in a shelter and researched as well. I think it is not known what happened later with these parts but IMHO different photographs seem to indicate different stages of research.
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