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E.J.E.R... Not really sure who your man is Waleed but no, he's not my man! Here's a better photograph of my man which clearly shows his Pour-le-Merité. Apart from being One-of-a-Kind he also had a distinctive dislike for aviators...Waleed Y. Majeed wrote:Sure looks like... E.J.E.R.
Terr C Treadwell & Alan C. Wood: "German Knights of the Air 1914-1918: The Holders of the Orden Pour Le Merité" (1997).Fate caught up with the Leutnant on 3 June 1918 when aloft near Villers-Cotterêts. Allied gunfire opened up and his balloon began to burn, riddled with machine-gun fire. In the barrage of fire Rieper was badly wounded in the shoulder and decided to take to his parachute. Leaping from the doomed balloon with seconds to spare, he landed in front of german lines and was dragged along the ground by strong winds with such force that he broke his leg and suffered sever injuries. He was taken to hospital where his right arm was amputated and his leg put in plaster. After two months in hospital in Hamburg, he was declared unfit for further active service at the front and was posted to the Luftschifferschule in Namur as an instructor.
A month later, on 7 July 1918, for unstinting dedication to duty, he was awarded the Pour le Merité - the only German balloon observer to be so honoured. He survived the war and went into business.