Nasa Pionners : The german V2 scientists
Excellent items signed by various German rocket scientists, many once associated with the V-1 and V-2 rocket programs at Peenemunde who were drafted by the U.S. through postwar programs (such as Operation Paperclip) to contribute their knowledge to the budding American space program.
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Some of these scientists are quite rare. Included is:
HERMANN OBERTH signed first day postcard honoring the Gemini missions, Kennedy Space Center, Sep. 29, 1967; Hermann Julius Oberth (German: [ˈhɛrman ˈjuːli̯ʊs ˈoːbɛrt]; 25 June 1894 – 28 December 1989) was an Austro-Hungarian-born German physicist and engineer. He is considered one of the founding fathers of rocketry and astronautics, along with the French Robert Esnault-Pelterie, the Russian Konstantin Tsiolkovsky and the American Robert Goddard. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermann_Oberth
RUDOLF NEBEL June 28, 1964 postal cover honoring Nebel and picturing him, signed by him in blue ink; Rudolf Nebel (21 March 1894 – 18 September 1978) was a spaceflight advocate active in Germany's amateur rocket group, the Verein für Raumschiffahrt (VfR – "Spaceflight Society") in the 1930s and in rebuilding German rocketry following World War II. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolf_NebelARTHUR RUDOLPH annotated and signed 1994 complimentary T.L.S. sent to him by an admirer; Arthur Louis Hugo Rudolph (November 9, 1906 – January 1, 1996) was a German rocket engineer who was a leader of the effort to develop the V-2 rocket for Nazi Germany. After World War II, the United States Government's Office of Strategic Services (OSS) brought him to the U.S. as part of the clandestine Operation Paperclip, where he became one of the main developers of the U.S. space program. He worked within the U.S. Army and NASA, where he managed the development of several systems, including the Pershing missile and the Saturn V Moon rocket. In 1984, the U.S. Government investigated him for war crimes, and he agreed to renounce his United States citizenship and leave the U.S. in return for not being prosecuted. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Rudolph
HUBERTUS STRUGHOLD 1971 first day cover for 'Decade of Achievement' stamp, Aug. 2, 1971, signed across the face; Hubertus Strughold (June 15, 1898 – September 25, 1986) was a German-born physiologist and prominent medical researcher. Beginning in 1935 he served as chief of aeromedical research for the Luftwaffe, holding this position throughout World War II. In 1947 he was brought to the United States as part of Operation Paperclip and held a series of high-ranking medical positions with both the US Air Force and NASA. For his role in pioneering the study of the physical and psychological effects of manned spaceflight he became known as "The Father of Space Medicine". Following his death, Strughold's activities in Germany during World War II came under greater scrutiny and allegations surrounding his involvement in Nazi-era human experimentation greatly diminished his reputation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubertus_StrugholdWERNER K. HAHM A.D.S. on an 8vo. sheet, [n.p., n.d.], does not have items requested by his correspondent;
HANS PALAORO signed image Peenemunde and a V-2 rocket;
HANS VON YIESENHAUSEN signed image of Peenemunde and a V-2 rocket;
WERNER K. ROSINSKI signed image of Peenemunde and a V-2 rocket adding his title;
HANS FICHTNER signed image of Peenemunde and a V-2 rocket, adds his title; Hans Joachim Oskar Fichtner (September 8, 1917 – October 21, 2012) was a rocket scientist who worked on V-2 rockets for Wernher von Braun at Peenemünde from 1939 to 1945. He was among the scientists to surrender and travel to the United States to provide rocketry expertise via Operation Paperclip which took them first to Fort Bliss, Texas (1945–1949). He continued his work with the team when they moved to Redstone Arsenal, and he joined Marshall Space Flight Center to work for NASA https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Fichtner
DIETER HUZEL signed image OF Peenemunde and a V-2 rocket adding his title, as well as an annotated 1994 T.L.S. (in German) sent to him; Huzel was appointed head of Peenemünde test rig VII , from which the A4 rocketwas started for test purposes. In the same year Huzel was appointed assistant to Wernher von Braun . Shortly before the end of the war, Huzel was commissioned together with Bernhard Tessmann by Wernher von Braun to hide all documents relating to the A4 in the iron ore mine Georg-Friedrich in Dörnten before the Allied invasion. On 2 May 1945, two days after Adolf Hitler suicide, Huzel stood together with Wernher von Braun and other developers of the A4 US forces in Oberjoch . By clever questioning, the Americans learned of the place of the hiding place and, starting on May 16, 1945, retrieved 14 tons of documents from the then British occupation zone. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_FichtnerGUSTAV KROLL I.S.P., 3' x 5' color, casual pose;
HEINZ HILTEN signed image ofPeenemunde and a V-2 rocket; and J. W. MUEHLER, brief A.L.S., 1994. Hilten was drafted into the German army at the beginning of World War II and sent to work with the V-2 rocket team headed by von Braun at Peenemuende. He was not part of von Braun's original "Paperclip team" of scientists and engineers moved to America just after the war, but Hilten moved to Huntsville to rejoin the team in 1954. Once in Alabama, he helped plan Redstone Arsenal's growth until 1960 when he moved to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center upon its creation. https://www.al.com/breaking/2013/03/von_braun_team_member_heinz_hi.html