GENERAL ADOLF GALLAND - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: GEORG-PETER EDER, HERBERT KAISER, GERHARD SCHOPFEL, HANNSGEORG BATCHER - HFSID 74814
Sale Price $450.00
ADOLF GALLAND and OTHERS. Philatelic Envelope signed: "Adolf Galland", "George Eder", "Herbert Kaiser", "Gerhard Schopfel" and "Hansgeorge Batcher", 6½x4. Royal Air Force cover bearing a French stamp honoring aviator Henri Farman, postmarked Vincennes, France, June 18, 1971. Issued to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the first long-distance international air race circuit of Europe on June 18, 1911. The envelope bears the notation: "This cover was flown at 2,000 feet over the route of the 1911 Circuit of Europe in Devon VP 976 of 21 Squadron, Royal Air Force, Andover, on Friday, 18th June, 1971". On verso are rubber stamped short biographies, in German, of all five German WWII aces signing this envelope. ADOLF GALLAND (1912-1996) distinguished himself in the Battle of Britain, becoming one of the Luftwaffe's top-scoring aces. He became one of the most controversial figures of his time through his skirmishes with Marshal Göring and his frank addresses to Hitler when he emphasized the need for more fighters to oppose the increasingly intense allied bombing raids over Germany. As General of Fighters, he achieved 104 aircraft downings on the western front; he was himself shot down four times, twice on the same day. Address label stain at lower right corner. Fine condition.
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