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Vallendor's Third Victory by zulumike Vallendor's Third Victory by zulumike
Lt. Hermann Vallendor’s third victory occurred on Sept. 27, 1918 just before noon while flying his Fokker Dr. I north of Boulon Wood, France. The victim was W. A. Brett KIA from No. 73 Squadron RAF flying a Sopwith Camel.

Vallendor joined the 114th Infantry Regiment of the German Army on 16 October 1914. He was promoted to Gefreiter on 19 May 1915. He was awarded the Iron Cross Second Class on 29 July 1915. A promotion to Vizefeldwebel followed on 5 December 1915. He then was raised from the enlisted ranks, being commissioned as a leutnant in the reserves on 24 December 1915.

He transferred to aviation duty and began pilot's training with FEA 5 on 16 October 1916. When he completed pilot's school, he exited training for Armee Flugpark 2 on 19 February 1917. In May 1917, he went to FA 23 to fly two-seaters. He soon left that detachment, to begin attending fighter pilot's school on 24 June 1917. He was then posted to a fighter unit, Jagdstaffel 2 on 5 July 1917. As was pretty much customary in German military aviation of the time, Vallendor had his aircraft emblazoned in his personal insignia. In his case, the marking was a huge white "V" on the fuselage. When he used a Fokker Triplane, he also had the "V" painted on its top wing.

Vallendor received the Order of the Zähringer Lion from his native Baden on 14 December 1917. He achieved his first aerial victory on 3 February 1918. He was awarded the Iron Cross First Class on 7 March 1918 and went on to score five more victories before war's end.

Ref Aircrafts from ROF painted and edited with GIMP. Original sky and landscape painted with GIMP.

Working on this artwork reminded me of the great days at SSW (ScreenShotWorld) where I learned and met some great aviation artists such as John, Graham, Antonis, iti, Ramrod, Noter, TJ,............. glad were all here at DA so we can still share our works.
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jncarter Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nicely done Mike.

SSW ....... I met some really good people there and my memories will always be good.
N0T3R Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Nice image, love the angle on the Dr.I. Good memories of SSW for me too.
zulumike Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Noter. Cheers.
chincz Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Looks like Dr.I ...
zulumike Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are correct. Thanks for the correction.
GreyWolfeRun Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh this is a nice image, Mike!
zulumike Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Wolfe, appreciate it.
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June 24, 2013
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