WW2 German Luftwaffe Major Erich Hartmann – KNIGHT'S CROSS AUTOGRAPH – NICE!

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You are bidding on a 100% original WW2 German Luftwaffe autographed photo of Majpr ERich Hartmann!

Erich Alfred
Hartmann (19 April 1922 – 20 September 1993) was a German fighter pilot during
World War II and the most successful fighter ace in the history of aerial
warfare.  He flew 1,404 combat missions and participated in aerial combat on
825 separate occasions.  He was credited with shooting down 352 Allied
aircraft—350 Soviet and two American—while serving with the Luftwaffe. During
the course of his career, Hartmann was forced to crash-land his fighter 16
times due to either damage received from parts of enemy aircraft he had just
shot down or mechanical failure.

Hartmann, a
pre-war glider pilot, joined the Luftwaffe in 1940 and completed his fighter
pilot training in 1942. He was posted to the veteran Jagdgeschwader 52 (JG 52)
on the Eastern Front and was fortunate to be placed under the supervision of
some of the Luftwaffe’s most experienced fighter pilots. Under their guidance,
Hartmann steadily developed his tactics.
 

On 29 October 1943
he was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross for 148 enemy aircraft
destroyed and the Oak Leaves to the Knight’s Cross for 202 enemy aircraft on 2
March 1944, followed by the Swords to the Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves
exactly four months later for 268 enemy aircraft shot down. Ultimately,
Hartmann earned the coveted Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves,
Swords and Diamonds on 25 August 1944 for claiming 301 aerial victories. At the
time of its presentation to Hartmann, this was Germany’s highest military
decoration.
 

Hartmann achieved
his 352nd and last aerial victory at midday on 8 May 1945, hours before the
German surrender. Along with the remainder of JG 52, he surrendered to United
States Army forces and was turned over to the Red Army. In an attempt to
pressure him into service with the Soviet-friendly East German National
People’s Army, he was tried on war crimes charges and convicted. He was
initially sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment, later increased to 25 years,
and spent 10 years in various Soviet prison camps and gulags until he was
released in 1955. In 1997, the Russian Federation (posthumously) relieved him
of all charges.

 

In 1956, Hartmann
joined the newly established West German Air Force in the Bundeswehr, and
became the first Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 71
“Richthofen”. He was retired in 1970, due to his opposition to the
procurement of the F-104 Starfighter. In his later years, after his military
career had ended, he became a civilian flight instructor. Erich Hartmann died
on 20 September 1993 aged 71.

Erich Hartmann was a Luftwaffe fighter pilot ace and Knight’s Cross holder.  He has signed post-war on a reproduction 8″ x 10″ photo.  Some marks, creases and wear on the image, but nothing that detracts.  One of the most sought-after signatures to locate, it would make for an EXCELLENT 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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