COLONEL HERMANN GRAF - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: GENERAL JOSEF KAMMHUBER, COLONEL WALTHER DAHL, MAJOR ARMIN KOHLER, LT. ADOLF GLUNZ - HFSID 74822
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GERMAN FIGHTER ACES: WORLD WAR IIFive German Luftwaffe aces signed this commemorative envelope that features a printed image of the D.H. Mosquito, a fighter plane of the Royal Air Force (RAF) Commemorative Envelope Signed: "Hermann Graf/ Commodore 7.6.52", "Adolf Glunz/ Steppe Ikegitin 6.30.76", "Armin Kohler/ Kdr. III D.G.H.", "Walther Dahl/Boern/ Kommodore/1.9.300", and "J. Kammhuber" 6½x4½. Postmarked July 14, 1971. Printed images and stamps commemorate the 30th anniversary of the introduction of the de Havilland Mosquito, a fighter plane that was used throughout WWII to conduct various tasks. Mosquitos conducted bombings, reconnaissance, tactical strikes, and night fighter duties. Includes seven b/w photographs of various sizes in the envelope. Oberst (Colonel) HERMANN GRAF (1912-1988) finished WWII with 212 aerial victories as a fighter pilot for the German Luftwaffe. He was the first ace to claim over 200 aerial victories, most of them coming on the Eastern Front. Among his many awards, he won the Knight's Cross for extreme bravery on the battlefield. MajorARMIN KOHLER (1912-2000) notched 69 aerial victories flying for the Luftwaffe. JOSEF KAMMHUBER (1896-1986, born in Tüßling, Bavaria, Germany)was a German Luftwaffe general during World War II. He developed the Kammhuber Line, which is generally considered to be the first successful night fighter defense system. In July 1940, Nazi Reichsmarschall Herman Göring placed Kammhuber, formerly a bomber commander, in charge of night air defenses. Kammhuber constructed a network of searchlights, radar and night fighters based in occupied France, Belgium and Holland, covering the approaches that British bombers took to reach their targets. Searchlights illuminated each bomber as a Bf-110 or Ju-88 night fighter closed in for the kill. A radar controlled master searchlight introduced in 1941 made the Kammhuber Line even more effective by locking onto bombers automatically with a pale blue beam until other searchlights picked it up. It wasn't until the British developed new tactics and used electronic counter-measures that the Kammhuber Line became far less effective. He was awarded the Knight's Cross on July 9, 1941.WALTHER DAHL (1916-1985) was a German Luftwaffe flying ace who claimed 128 aerial victories, although some have been disputed. He was awarded the Knight's Cross and published a memoir titled Rammjager. ADOLF GLUNZ (1916-2002) was a Luftwaffe ace who claimed 71 aerial victories. Most remarkably, he was never shot down or wounded while in the air despite carrying out 238 missions. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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