1 August 2012, 01:09 PM
Join Date: Jul 2011
Originally Posted by Dave_Watts
I need an Albatros expert for this one, and this may be splitting hairs.
I was going through my Daimler delivery sheets and noticed Daimler had changed the stamps they used for OAW, but not the one used for ALB.
Down to particulars, the stamp used by Daimler for delivery to ALB. is always;
For a great deal of the time the stamp used by Daimler for OAW was (up through August 10th 1918);
Ostdeutsche Albatrosw Schneidemühl
On and after August 16th 1918 the new name on the stamp is;
I know this is a very small detail that is most likely meaningless, but I thought I'd run it by everyone. It seemed odd to me they would change the name after all that time. I know Fokker changed his company name from Aeroplane Bau to Flugzeuge. Did OAW do a similar business change?
Best to all,
I have not worked completely through it but their are some news items in the German magazine Flugsport Volume 1917, which give some idea what was happening at the Albatroswerke Gesellschaft.
From Flugsport Volume 9 (1917) 9 (2 May) p. 286 [Original German text]
Albatroswerke Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung zu Berlin-Johannisthal. Georg Dietrich, Direktor, Berlin-Halensee, Alfred Hahn, Kaufmann, Charlottenburg, sind gerichtlich bestellte Liquidatoren.
Albatroswerke Gesellschaft GmbH in Johannisthal was in liquidation at that time (April / May 1917) and the curators are named !
From Flugsport Volume 9 (1917) 25 (12 December) p. 774 [Original German text]
Albatrosgesellschaft für Flugzeugunternehmungen mit beschränkter Haftung, Berlin, Werk Schneidemühl. Der Oberingenieur Hugo Grohmann in Schneidemühl ist berechtigt, die Zweigniederlassung der Gesellschaft in Schneidekühl als Prokurist, mit Beschränkung auf diese Zweigniederlassung, allein zu vertreten.
Nothing very special here, but the branch of Albatros at Schneidemühl (in German called a 'Zweigwerk') got a procurator in the name of Oberingenieur Hugo Grohmann.
So in 1917 it seemed the Albatros concern was liquidated - for all its branches probably - and 'renewed' as it was surely unthinkable that such a pillar of the German aviation industry should end by financial reasons. After the renewal of the firm it was probably seen fit to reorganize it, hence the procurator for the branch Schneidemühl. Beware though that most of this is speculation, safe the texts of Flugsport 1917 of course.
I will look through Flugsport Volume 1918 for more pieces on the Albatros works.
Last edited by Tork1945; 1 August 2012 at 09:12 PM.
Reason: Typo correction