WW II German Air Force – OBERST HERMANN GRAF – WARTIME SIGNATURE – RARE!

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You are bidding
on a SUPERB and 100% original WW2 German Luftwaffe autographed document signed by Oberst Hermann
Graf!
  Unlike most of
the autographs you see, this is a WARTIME signed document (not
post-war).



Hermann Graf (24 October 1912 – 4 November 1988) was a
German Luftwaffe World War II fighter ace.  He served on both the Eastern and
Western Fronts. He became the first pilot in aviation history to claim 200
aerial victories—that is, 200 aerial combat encounters resulting in the
destruction of the enemy aircraft.  In about 830 combat missions, he claimed a
total of 212 aerial victories, almost all of which were achieved on the Eastern
Front.

Graf, a pre-war football player and glider pilot, he
joined the Luftwaffe and started flight training in 1936. He was initially
selected for transport aviation but was subsequently posted to Jagdgeschwader 51
(JG 51—51st Fighter Wing) in May 1939. At the outbreak of war he was stationed
on the Franco–German border flying uneventful patrols. He was then posted as a
flight instructor stationed in Romania as part of a German military mission
training Romanian pilots. Graf flew a few ground support missions in the closing
days of the German invasion of Crete.

Following the start of Operation Barbarossa, the German
invasion of the Soviet Union, Graf claimed his first aerial victory on 4 August
1941. He was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross after 45 victories on
24 January 1942. It was during the second summer of the eastern campaign;
however, that his success rate dramatically increased. By 16 September 1942 his
number of victories had increased to 172 for which he was honored with the
Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds. At the
time of its presentation to Graf it was Germany’s highest military decoration. 
On 26 September 1942 he shot down his 200th enemy aircraft.

By then a national hero, Graf was withdrawn from combat
operations and posted to a fighter pilot training school in France before being
tasked with the setting up of a new special unit: Jagdgeschwader 50 (JG
50—Fighter Wing 50). Its mission was as a high-altitude unit to intercept the de
Havilland Mosquito intruders. In November 1943 Graf returned to combat
operations. He was appointed Geschwaderkommodore (Wing Commander) of
Jagdgeschwader 11 (JG 11—11th Fighter Wing) and claimed his last and 212th
aerial victory on 29 March 1944. He was severely injured during that encounter
and, after a period of convalescence, became Geschwaderkommodore of
Jagdgeschwader 52 (JG 52—52nd Fighter Wing). He and the remainder of JG 52
surrendered to units of the United States Army on 8 May 1945, but were turned
over to the Red Army. Graf was held in Soviet captivity until 1949. After the
war he worked as an electronic sales manager and died after a long illness in
his home town of Engen on 4 November 1988.

Made of paper, this document is in EXCELLENT
condition!  Dated
 February 22, 1944, a this postcard was sent to individuals who sent Graf unimportant mail during the end of the war.  It translates to:

“The mail reaching me has assumed such a volume that I can no longer deal with letters individually without neglecting my service duties. I must, therefore, ask you to shelve your requests, and to make do with my good wishes in this present form. Our work and our commitment to victory for the freedom and the future of Great Germany, our fatherland, take precedence over all private wishes and minor matters.” 

Graf signed at the bottom in pencil. in pencil.  Some marks and wear due to the age, but nothing that detracts.  Would look EXCELLENT framed!  A
PERFECT addition to any collection or display!


  

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Although my passion is the Me109, I do offer many other German Aircraft (Fw190, Me262, etc.), as well as USAF and Japanese items. Occasionally I do offer many non-vintage items such as prints and art relating to the time period. As a private collector myself, I am constantly on the lookout for historical memorabilia, authentic photographs, artwork or anything unique relating to military aircraft.  

 

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