GERMAN LUFTWAFFE: WORLD WAR II These members of the Luftwaffe pen their names on this British commemorative envelope Commemorative Envelope Signed: “Martin Drewes”,

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GERMAN LUFTWAFFE: WORLD WAR II These members of the Luftwaffe pen their names on this British commemorative envelope Commemorative Envelope Signed: “Martin Drewes”, “Erich Handke”, ”Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow” and “Friedrich-Karl Muller” 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. Three postmarks on verso; Goose Airport, Newfoundland 2 ix 1971; Air Force Postal Service, APO New York September 2, 1971; and Fylingdales RAF Pickering YKS, 4 SP 71. MARTIN DREWES (1918-2013) was a fighter ace who mostly flew variants of the Messerschmitt Bf 110 on night missions. Of his 52 credited aerial victories, 43 occurred at night. ERICH HANDKE (1920-1987) reached the rank of Oberfeldwebel in the Luftwaffe during World War II. As a radio operator, he participated in an impressive total of 129 missions, some of which included Major Martin Drewes. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross for his valiant service. ERNST-WILHELM MODROW (1908-1990) was a fighter ace who was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross during World War II. Interestingly, all of his recorded victories came at night while flying a Heinkel 219 Uhu. He was credited with a total of 34 victories in 259 missions, including 109 missions as a night fighter pilot. In the 1950s he joined Bundeswehr, and retired 1964 as an Oberstleutnant. FRIEDRICH-KARL MULLER (1916-1944) was a World War II flying ace who joined the Luftwaffe in 1935, flying until his death in May of 1944. Muller claimed an impressive 140 aerial victories in the approximately 600 combat missions that he flew. The geographical breakdown of his victories is as follows: 8 of these victories came during the Battle of France, 89 of them came on the Eastern Front, and a total of 51 were recorded against the Western Allies. 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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