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Oberst Erich Hartmann (deceased) - Art prints and originals signed by Oberst Erich Hartmann (deceased)

Erich Hartmann

Erich Hartmann
The signature of Oberst Erich Hartmann (deceased)

20 / 9 / 1993Died : 20 / 9 / 1993

Oberst Erich Hartmann (deceased)

Erich Hartmann started his career as Paule Rossmans wingman, and it was obvious that here was a very special pilot. Promoted Staffelkapitan of 7/JG52 in July 1943, he was shot down and taken prisoner for four hours before escaping. In September he took over 9/JG52. In March 1944 he reached the 200 victory mark. He later le 4/JG52, then briefly I/JG52, and lastly Gruppenkommandeur of I/JG52. Hartmann scored a total of 352 victories, more than any other pilot in history, and was awarded the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds. Erich Hartmann is the top-scoring fighter pilot in history. During WWII he shot down the equivalent of almost 15 Allied squadrons in aerial combat. In some 850 aerial combats he shot down 352 Allied planes and was shot down himself 16 times. He was never wounded. Hartmanns mother taught him to fly at age 14 and in 1942 at age 20 he was flying Me109s on the Eastern front. His first combat mission was disastrous. He spoiled his leaders attack by going for the kill himself, then mistook his leaders Me109 for a Russian fighter and fled in panic. Were it not for super ace Walter Krupinski believing in Hartmanns abilities he might well have had his flying career ended. Krupinskis tutoring coupled with the fact that Hartmann was a crack shot, turned him around. He scored his first victory on November 5th 1942 and by September 1943 he had completed 300 missions with 95 victories to his credit. In August 1944 Hartmann was awarded the Diamonds to his Knights Cross - Germanys highest decoration and one that was awarded to only 27 German militar ypersonnel. Hitler made the award personally. Before the award ceremony he was demanded to hand over his sidearm before meeting with Hitler. Hartmann told the generals that if Hitler could not trust his front line officers, he could stuff his Diamonds. After a brief confusion he was allowed to carry his pistol. Hartmanns success resulted from the lessons he learned from Krupinski - do not fire until your enemys plane fills your windscreen. That resulted in a sure kill with a minimum amount of ammunition expended. Almost every kill Hartmann made was a near collision. After the war Hartmann surrendered to the Americans, who turned him over to the Russians. He was singled out for especially brutal treatment and was illegally held by the Russians until 1955 when Chansellor Adenaur personally visited Moscow and arranged for his release. The Russians had used every persuasive device known to convert Hartmann to Communism and get him to join the DDR airforce. Upon his return to Germany, his friend and fellow ace, Walter Krupinski, urged him to join the new German Air Force with other old friends such as Barkhorn and Hrabak. Since he felt he was too old to begin a new career, he did. He was given refresher training in the United States and was selected to command the Richthofen Wing in the new German Air Force, the first fighter wing to be rebuilt since the war. He filled that and other jobs in the new Luftwaffe with great distinction until his retirement. He died 20th September 1993.

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 German fighter ace Walter Wolfrum in his Me109 alongside his wingman. ......
Greenheart Warrior by Ivan Berryman. (B)
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 German fighter ace Walter Wolfrum in his Me109 alongside his wingman. ......
Greenheart Warrior by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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German fighter ace Walter Wolfrum in his Me109 alongside his wingman. ......

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 Gunther Rall is shown flying his Bf109E of JG52 during the Battle of Britain in the summer of 1940. ......
JG52 - Summer 1940 by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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Gunther Rall is shown flying his Bf109E of JG52 during the Battle of Britain in the summer of 1940. ......NOT
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A Bf109E fighter is prepared to fight over southern England during the Battle of Britain.......
Bf109E of III./JG2 - Summer 1940 by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 Bf 109G-2s of III/JG 52 leave their dispersal on the Eastern Front in 1943. Nearest aircraft is Black 13 of Gruppenkommandeur Gunther Rall, then fast approaching his 150th victory. ......
Gunther Rall - Black 13 by Ivan Berryman. (B)
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Bf 109G-2s of III/JG 52 leave their dispersal on the Eastern Front in 1943. Nearest aircraft is Black 13 of Gruppenkommandeur Gunther Rall, then fast approaching his 150th victory. ......

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 Bf 109G-2s of III/JG 52 leave their dispersal on the Eastern Front in 1943. Nearest aircraft is Black 13 of Gruppenkommandeur Gunther Rall, then fast approaching his 150th victory. ......
Gunther Rall - Black 13 by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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Bf 109G-2s of III/JG 52 leave their dispersal on the Eastern Front in 1943. Nearest aircraft is Black 13 of Gruppenkommandeur Gunther Rall, then fast approaching his 150th victory. ......NOT
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 Gunther Rall and his wingman on patrol in the skies above the Western Front in April 1944 whilst serving with II/JG II. ......
JG2 - Gunther Rall and his Wingman by Ivan Berryman. (B)
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Gunther Rall and his wingman on patrol in the skies above the Western Front in April 1944 whilst serving with II/JG II. ......

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 Gunther Rall and his wingman on patrol in the skies above the Western Front in April 1944 whilst serving with II/JG II. ......
JG2 - Gunther Rall and his Wingman by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 Gunther Rall in action on the Eastern Front in 1944 with III/JG 52, attacking a Yak 4. ......
Gunther Rall - on the Tail of a Yak by Ivan Berryman. (B)
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Gunther Rall in action on the Eastern Front in 1944 with III/JG 52, attacking a Yak 4. ......

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 unther Rall in action on the Eastern Front in 1944 with III/JG 52, attacking a Yak 4. ......
Gunther Rall - on the Tail of a Yak by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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unther Rall in action on the Eastern Front in 1944 with III/JG 52, attacking a Yak 4. ......

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 Gunther Rall claims his 274th victory, a P.38 Lightning on 29th April, 1944 whilst assigned to II/JG II on the Western Front. ......
Gunther Rall - 274th Victory by Ivan Berryman. (B)
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Gunther Rall claims his 274th victory, a P.38 Lightning on 29th April, 1944 whilst assigned to II/JG II on the Western Front. ......

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 Gunther Rall claims his 274th victory, a P.38 Lightningo n 29th April, 1944 whilst assigned to II/JG II on the Western Front. ......
Gunther Rall - 274th Victory by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 An Avro Anson Mk.I from Coastal Command is attacked by an Me109. ......
Coastal Command - Avro Anson Mk.I by Ivan Berryman. (B)
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An Avro Anson Mk.I from Coastal Command is attacked by an Me109. ......

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 Spitfire L1000 (DW-R) of No.610 Sqn is terminally damaged by an Me109 over Dunkirk on 29th May 1940.  The Spitfire pilot, Flying Officer Gerald Kerr is listed is missing after this combat. ......
Kerrs Last Combat by Ivan Berryman. (B)
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Spitfire L1000 (DW-R) of No.610 Sqn is terminally damaged by an Me109 over Dunkirk on 29th May 1940. The Spitfire pilot, Flying Officer Gerald Kerr is listed is missing after this combat. ......

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 With 352 victories to his credit, Erich Hartmann is recognised as the greatest fighter pilot of all time, depicted here as his Messerschmitt Bf.109G prepares for another sortie. ......
Erich Hartmann by Ivan Berryman. (B)
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With 352 victories to his credit, Erich Hartmann is recognised as the greatest fighter pilot of all time, depicted here as his Messerschmitt Bf.109G prepares for another sortie. ......

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 Gunther Rall in his Me109G <i>Black 13</i> about to set off with the rest of III./JG52 from a snow covered eastern front airstrip in 1943. ......
Snow Warriors by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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Gunther Rall in his Me109G Black 13 about to set off with the rest of III./JG52 from a snow covered eastern front airstrip in 1943. ......

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 With 275 victories, Gunther Rall was one of the top Luftwaffe Aces of the second world war.  Here, he is depicted in his Me109 <i>Black 13</i> of JG52. ......
Gunther Rall - Me109 Ace by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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With 275 victories, Gunther Rall was one of the top Luftwaffe Aces of the second world war. Here, he is depicted in his Me109 Black 13 of JG52. ......

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 The Hawker Hurricane powered by the powerful Rolls Royce Merlin engine is shown in combat with Luftwaffe aircraft during the Battle of Britain. The Hurricane played a major role in the aerial victory along with its companion the Spitfire. ......
Merlin Roar by Anthony Saunders. (E)
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The Hawker Hurricane powered by the powerful Rolls Royce Merlin engine is shown in combat with Luftwaffe aircraft during the Battle of Britain. The Hurricane played a major role in the aerial victory along with its companion the Spitfire. ......

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 Bf109 G2 of Major Gunther Rall pursues and downs an unidentified Soviet aircraft over the Caucasus, Russia, early Autumn 1943. Rall went on to become the third highest scoring ace of all time, with 275 victories in only 621 missions. ......
No Escape by David Pentland. (E)
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Bf109 G2 of Major Gunther Rall pursues and downs an unidentified Soviet aircraft over the Caucasus, Russia, early Autumn 1943. Rall went on to become the third highest scoring ace of all time, with 275 victories in only 621 missions. ......

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  Bf109 G2 of Major Gunther Rall pursues and downs an unidentified Soviet aircraft over the Caucasus, Russia, early Autumn 1943. Rall went on to become the third highest scoring ace of all time, with 275 victories in only 621 missions. ......
No Escape by David Pentland. (F)
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Bf109 G2 of Major Gunther Rall pursues and downs an unidentified Soviet aircraft over the Caucasus, Russia, early Autumn 1943. Rall went on to become the third highest scoring ace of all time, with 275 victories in only 621 missions. ......

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 A pair of ME109 G-14s of 9th Staffel, Jagdgeswader 54 (Greenheart Wing) make a final sortie during the last days of March 1945.  ......
The Last Patrol by David Pentland. (E)
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A pair of ME109 G-14s of 9th Staffel, Jagdgeswader 54 (Greenheart Wing) make a final sortie during the last days of March 1945. ......

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 A pair of ME109 G-14s of 9th Staffel, Jagdgeswader 54 (Greenheart Wing) make a final sortie during the last days of March 1945. ......
The Last Patrol by David Pentland. (I)
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A pair of ME109 G-14s of 9th Staffel, Jagdgeswader 54 (Greenheart Wing) make a final sortie during the last days of March 1945. ......

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Major Rudolf Rudi Sinner of STAB.III/JG7 attacking B-17s of 91st Bomb Group during March 1945.  Attacking in a Kette of three aircraft from behind and below targeting the tailenders and rising over the B-17s.  Avoiding any debris and evading the inco......
Defenders of the Reich by Graeme Lothian. (APB)
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Major Rudolf Rudi Sinner of STAB.III/JG7 attacking B-17s of 91st Bomb Group during March 1945. Attacking in a Kette of three aircraft from behind and below targeting the tailenders and rising over the B-17s. Avoiding any debris and evading the inco......

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 Situated 40 miles south west of Leningrad, the German occupied airfield at Siverskaya is now home to the famous Grunherz or Green Hearts of Jagdgeschwader 54. The harsh Russian winter of 1941 is starting to take hold as three Messerschmitt Bf109F-4 ......
Green Hearts by Ivan Berryman. (B)
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Situated 40 miles south west of Leningrad, the German occupied airfield at Siverskaya is now home to the famous Grunherz or Green Hearts of Jagdgeschwader 54. The harsh Russian winter of 1941 is starting to take hold as three Messerschmitt Bf109F-4 ......

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DHM1761APB. Tribute to Erich Hartmann by Graeme Lothian. ......
Tribute to Erich Hartmann by Graeme Lothian. (APB)
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DHM1761APB. Tribute to Erich Hartmann by Graeme Lothian. ......

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DHM1761APC. Tribute to Erich Hartmann by Graeme Lothian. ......
Tribute to Erich Hartmann by Graeme Lothian. (APC)
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DHM1761APC. Tribute to Erich Hartmann by Graeme Lothian. ......

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 The top scoring ace of JG.51, Anton Hafner is credited with 204 confirmed victories.  A prolific scorer, on 8th August 1944, he shot down no fewer than seven Russian Sturmoviks and, by October of that year, his overall tally had exceeded 200.  He di......
Anton Hafner by Ivan Berryman. (C)
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The top scoring ace of JG.51, Anton Hafner is credited with 204 confirmed victories. A prolific scorer, on 8th August 1944, he shot down no fewer than seven Russian Sturmoviks and, by October of that year, his overall tally had exceeded 200. He di......

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 Top-scoring ace of all time, Erich Hartmann, scrambles his black tulip nose Me109 from a snow-covered airfield on the Eastern Front. Christened Black Devil by Russian pilots, many of whom hurriedly vacated the vicinity when Hartmanns distinctively p......Black Devil by Nicolas Trudgian. (B)
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Top-scoring ace of all time, Erich Hartmann, scrambles his black tulip nose Me109 from a snow-covered airfield on the Eastern Front. Christened Black Devil by Russian pilots, many of whom hurriedly vacated the vicinity when Hartmanns distinctively p......

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 The roar of Daimler-Benz engines at full power awakens the day as Gunther Lutzow, his aircraft still in the markings of his previous unit JG51, leads his Me109Fs of JG3 into combat from a snow covered airfield at Schatalowka on the Russian Front, in......
Morning Chorus by Gerald Coulson. (AP)
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The roar of Daimler-Benz engines at full power awakens the day as Gunther Lutzow, his aircraft still in the markings of his previous unit JG51, leads his Me109Fs of JG3 into combat from a snow covered airfield at Schatalowka on the Russian Front, in......

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 The roar of Daimler-Benz engines at full power awakens the day as Gunther Lutzow, his aircraft still in the markings of his previous unit JG51, leads his Me109Fs of JG3 into combat from a snow covered airfield at Schatalowka on the Russian Front, in......
Morning Chorus by Gerald Coulson. (B)
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The roar of Daimler-Benz engines at full power awakens the day as Gunther Lutzow, his aircraft still in the markings of his previous unit JG51, leads his Me109Fs of JG3 into combat from a snow covered airfield at Schatalowka on the Russian Front, in......

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DHM2707D. Alpine Scramble by Nicolas Trudgian. ......
Alpine Scramble by Nicolas Trudgian. (D)
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DHM2707D. Alpine Scramble by Nicolas Trudgian. ......

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 It was the foundation upon which the Luftwaffe was built and flew throughout WWII.  It was flown by some of the greatest fighter Aces of all time, and credited with more air victories than any other fighter in history.  It was the Messerschmitt Bf10......
JG-52 by Robert Taylor. (C)
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 Walter Schuck of JG5 Eismeer prepares to take off on patrol in his Me109F. Schuck served with this unit from December 1942 to April 1945, and in that time claimed 198 victories.  ......
Eagle in the Snow, Petsamo, Finland, January 1943 by David Pentland. (P)
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Walter Schuck of JG5 Eismeer prepares to take off on patrol in his Me109F. Schuck served with this unit from December 1942 to April 1945, and in that time claimed 198 victories. ......

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 Crimea, 7th August 1943.  While flying a late afternoon combat patrol with Otto Fonnekolds schwarm, from 5 staffel, JG52, Willi Batz witnessed a taran or ramming attack by a soviet fighter on a Luftwaffe Fw189 artillery spotter.  Then a second Spitf......
Taran over the Kuban by David Pentland. (B)
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Crimea, 7th August 1943. While flying a late afternoon combat patrol with Otto Fonnekolds schwarm, from 5 staffel, JG52, Willi Batz witnessed a taran or ramming attack by a soviet fighter on a Luftwaffe Fw189 artillery spotter. Then a second Spitf......

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 Crimea, 7th August 1943.  While flying a late afternoon combat patrol with Otto Fonnekolds schwarm, from 5 staffel, JG52, Willi Batz witnessed a taran or ramming attack by a soviet fighter on a Luftwaffe Fw189 artillery spotter.  Then a second Spitf......
Taran over the Kuban by David Pentland. (P)
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Crimea, 7th August 1943. While flying a late afternoon combat patrol with Otto Fonnekolds schwarm, from 5 staffel, JG52, Willi Batz witnessed a taran or ramming attack by a soviet fighter on a Luftwaffe Fw189 artillery spotter. Then a second Spitf......

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 Gramatikovo, Russia, 19th March 1944.  Oberleutnant Walter Wolfrum (Black 15) and wingman of 5 Staffel JG52 take off on a dawn patrol.  By the end of the day Oberleutnant Wolfrum would have accounted for 5 Soviet aircraft. ......
Early Risers by David Pentland. (B)
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Gramatikovo, Russia, 19th March 1944. Oberleutnant Walter Wolfrum (Black 15) and wingman of 5 Staffel JG52 take off on a dawn patrol. By the end of the day Oberleutnant Wolfrum would have accounted for 5 Soviet aircraft. ......

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 Gramatikovo, Russia, 19th March 1944.  Oberleutnant Walter Wolfrum (Black 15) and wingman of 5 Staffel JG52 take off on a dawn patrol.  By the end of the day Oberleutnant Wolfrum would have accounted for 5 Soviet aircraft. ......
Early Risers by David Pentland. (P)
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Gramatikovo, Russia, 19th March 1944. Oberleutnant Walter Wolfrum (Black 15) and wingman of 5 Staffel JG52 take off on a dawn patrol. By the end of the day Oberleutnant Wolfrum would have accounted for 5 Soviet aircraft. ......

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Depicting the legendary Ace Erich Hartmann in the distinctive colour scheme of his Bf109-G aircraft.  The highest scoring Ace in history with 352 confirmaed victories, he was awarded the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves, Sword and Diamonds.<br><br><b>Th......
Ace of Aces by Robert Taylor.
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Depicting the legendary Ace Erich Hartmann in the distinctive colour scheme of his Bf109-G aircraft. The highest scoring Ace in history with 352 confirmaed victories, he was awarded the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves, Sword and Diamonds.

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On November 5, 1942, flying wingman in a Schwarm of four Me109s of JG-52, his flight had scrambled to intercept Russian Lagg-3s and IL-2 fighter-bombers bound for the Front. Splitting into two elements they dived steeply into attack, screaming in beh......
Birth of a Legend by Robert Taylor.
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On November 5, 1942, flying wingman in a Schwarm of four Me109s of JG-52, his flight had scrambled to intercept Russian Lagg-3s and IL-2 fighter-bombers bound for the Front. Splitting into two elements they dived steeply into attack, screaming in beh......NOT
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On November 5, 1942, flying wingman in a Schwarm of four Me109s of JG-52, his flight had scrambled to intercept Russian Lagg-3s and IL-2 fighter-bombers bound for the Front. Splitting into two elements they dived steeply into attack, screaming in beh......
Birth of a Legend by Robert Taylor. (B)
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On November 5, 1942, flying wingman in a Schwarm of four Me109s of JG-52, his flight had scrambled to intercept Russian Lagg-3s and IL-2 fighter-bombers bound for the Front. Splitting into two elements they dived steeply into attack, screaming in beh......NOT
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As the days lengthened with the coming of spring, and clear blue skies beckoned, an eager young flyer wrestled with the difficult task of surviving his first hectic missions as a novice fighter pilot.  North of the Caucasus Mountains, the landscape w......Hartmann Tribute by Robert Taylor.
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As the days lengthened with the coming of spring, and clear blue skies beckoned, an eager young flyer wrestled with the difficult task of surviving his first hectic missions as a novice fighter pilot. North of the Caucasus Mountains, the landscape w......NOT
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During WWII JG-52 was the most successful Fighter Wing of the Luftwaffe, and with it flew many of the great German Aces, including the world's leading Fighter Pilot Erich Hartmann.  General Galland was at one time a Squadron Commander.  The Wing ......JG52 by Robert Taylor.
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During WWII JG-52 was the most successful Fighter Wing of the Luftwaffe, and with it flew many of the great German Aces, including the world's leading Fighter Pilot Erich Hartmann. General Galland was at one time a Squadron Commander. The Wing ......NOT
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Knights on the Eastern Front by Robert Taylor.
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Sting of the Black Tulip by Robert Taylor.
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 On Thursday, August 24, 1944 a 22-year old Oberleutnant Erich Hartmann powered his Mel09G fighter in a spectacular low pass over his squadrons airstrip in north-eastern Rumania, wagging his wings to the cheering Luftwaffe personnel on the ground bel......Eagles at Dawn by Robert Taylor.
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On Thursday, August 24, 1944 a 22-year old Oberleutnant Erich Hartmann powered his Mel09G fighter in a spectacular low pass over his squadrons airstrip in north-eastern Rumania, wagging his wings to the cheering Luftwaffe personnel on the ground bel......NOT
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 On Thursday, August 24, 1944 a 22-year old Oberleutnant Erich Hartmann powered his Mel09G fighter in a spectacular low pass over his squadrons airstrip in north-eastern Rumania, wagging his wings to the cheering Luftwaffe personnel on the ground bel......Eagles at Dawn by Robert Taylor. (B)
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On Thursday, August 24, 1944 a 22-year old Oberleutnant Erich Hartmann powered his Mel09G fighter in a spectacular low pass over his squadrons airstrip in north-eastern Rumania, wagging his wings to the cheering Luftwaffe personnel on the ground bel......NOT
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 The signature on this item is on the photograph of Hartmann and his mechanic Heinz Mertens in the cockpit of his Me109.  It was signed by Hartmann during a personal interview in the 1980s. ......Erich Hartmann (Photo) Signature Sheet.
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The signature on this item is on the photograph of Hartmann and his mechanic Heinz Mertens in the cockpit of his Me109. It was signed by Hartmann during a personal interview in the 1980s. ......NOT
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Squadrons for : Oberst Erich Hartmann (deceased)
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(232) JG52


Country : Germany

JG52
JG52

The most successful Luftwaffe fighter-wing of World War II, with a claim total of more than 10,000 victories over enemy aircraft. It was home to the top three scoring Experten of the Luftwaffe, Erich Hartmann, Gerhard Barkhorn and Günther Rall. The unit flew the various marks of the Messerschmitt Bf 109 exclusively through the war.
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(24) Me109


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We have prints featuring Me109 aircraft.

Manufacturer : Messerschmitt
Production Began : 1937
Retired : 1945
Number Built : 33984

Me109

Willy Messerschmitt designed the BF109 during the early 1930s. The Bf109 was one of the first all metal monocoque construction fighters with a closed canopy and retractable undercarriage. The engine of the Me109 was a V12 aero engine which was liquid-cooled. The Bf109 first saw operational service during the Spanish Civil War and flew to the end of World War II, during which time it was the backbone of the Luftwaffe fighter squadrons. During the Battle of Britian the Bf109 was used in the role of an escort fighter, a role for which it was not designed for, and it was also used as a fighter bomber. During the last days of May 1940 Robert Stanford-Tuck, the RAF ace, got the chance to fly an Me109 which they had rebuilt after it had crash landed. Stanford-Tuck found out that the Me109 was a wonderful little plane, it was slightly faster than the Spitfire, but lacked the Spitfire manoeuvrability. By testing the Me109, Tuck could put himself inside the Me109 when fighting them, knowing its weak and strong points. With the introduction of the improved Bf109F in the spring of 1941, the type again proved to be an effective fighter during the invasion of Yugoslavia and during the Battle of Crete and the invasion of Russia and it was used during the Siege of the Mediteranean island of Malta. The Bf109 was the main fighter for the Luftwaffe until 1942 when the Fw190 entered service and shared this position, and was partially replaced in Western Europe, but the Me109 continued to serve on the Eastern Front and during the defence of the Reich against the allied bombers. It was also used to good effect in the Mediterranean and North Africa in support of The Africa Korps. The Me109 was also supplied to several German allies, including Finland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Slovakia. The Bf109 scored more kills than any other fighter of any country during the war and was built in greater numbers with a total of over 31,000 aircraft being built. The Bf109 was flown by the three top German aces of the war war. Erich Hartmann with 352 victories, Gerhard Barkhorn with 301 victories and Gunther Rall with 275 kills. Bf109 pilots were credited with the destruction of 100 or more enemy aircraft. Thirteen Luftwaffe Aces scored more than 200 kills. Altogether this group of pilots were credited with a total of nearly 15,000 kills, of which the Messerschmitt Bf109 was credited with over 10,000 of these victories. The Bf109 was the most produced warplane during World War II, with 30,573 examples built during the war, and the most produced fighter aircraft in history, with a total of 33,984 units produced up to April 1945. Bf109s remained in foreign service for many years after World War II. The Swiss used their Bf109Gs well into the 1950s. The Finnish Air Force did not retire their Bf109Gs until March 1954. Romania used its Bf109s until 1955. The Spanish Hispanos flew even longer. Some were still in service in the late 1960s.

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