LT. COLONEL HERMANN GREINER - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: WERNER STREIB, MARTIN BECKER, HELMUTH SCHULTE - HFSID 74855
Sale Price $360.00
GERMAN LUFTWAFFE: WORLD WAR II
Five member of the German Luftwaffe sign this British commemorative envelope honoring the Joint RAF/USAF BMEWS Operation, Royal Air Force Fylingdale
Commemorative Envelope Signed: "Herman Greiner/ Hptm.n.Kdr.IV.NJG1/ St. Troud", "Werner Streib/ [second line difficult to decipher]", "Martin Becker/ Kdr. IV.N.2.6.6"", and "Helmuth K Schulte" 6½x4¼. Royal Air Force cover with color cachet honoring the Joint RAF/USAF BMEWS Operation, Royal Air Force Fylingdales. Postmarked British Forces Postal Service. One color British stamp affixed. Color illustration of a Handley Page Halifax B.3 cacheted on left-hand side. Six b/w photos of the pilots included. GEORG-HERMANN GREINER (1920-2014) was a night fighter ace with the German Luftwaffe during World War II. He joined the Luftwaffe in 1938, and between June 6, 1942 and March 3, 1945 he shot down 51 American and British bombers, with most of his victories coming at night. Impressively, Greiner claimed four of these victories within ten minutes during the evening of Jan. 5, 1945. He received the Knight's Cross on July 27, 1944 and the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves on Aug. 17, 1945. WERNER STREIB (1911-1986) shot down 68 aircraft during World War II. The German Luftwaffe flying ace primarily fought on the Western Front on night flight. He was awarded the Knight's Cross on October 6, 1940, later earning Oak Leaves and Sword honors. MARTIN BECKER (1916-2006) was a German Luftwaffe night fighter ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub) during World War II. Becker claimed 58 aerial victories. HELMUTH SCHULTE was awarded a Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross for his service in the German Luftwaffe of World War II. During the War, Schulte recorded 25 aerial victories. He was assigned the position of Gruppenkommandeur of the II./ Nachtjagdgeschwader 6, a night fighter-wing formed in May 1943. KARL-LUDWIG JOHANSSEN (1921-2009) was a highly decorated Leutnant who received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross for his service. During World War II, he functioned as a radio operator belonging to the I./ Nachtjagdgeschwader 6. Identities and accomplishments of signers neatly stamped in German on verso. Lightly toned. Corners and edges gently worn. Stain toward lower right-hand corner resulting from previously adhered sticker. Otherwise, fine condition.
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