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Four German Luftwaffe fighter aces, all Knight's Cross recipients: Buhligen downed 12 enemy aircraft; Hahn downed 108 enemy aircraft, was shot down and captured by the Russians and imprisoned until 1950; Osterkamp has the unique distinction of downing 32 enemy aircraft in World War One and 6 enemy aircraft in World War Two; and von Rettberg downed 8 enemy aircraft. Signed Commemorative Envelope, 6½" X 4¼", cancelled at Pitreavie, Dunfermline, Fife, 6 February 1971. Fine. Left half consists of a pictorial color cachet showing an RAF "Supermarine Walrus" biplane in flight, captioned "30th Anniversary of the Inauguration of Coastal Command Air Sea Rescue Service" and "Royal Air Force / Pitreavie Castle," with text at right detailing the flight on which this envelope was flown. Special postal cancellation. These four figures each sign boldly in a variety of blue inks, two of them adding a title and military abbreviations beneath their signature, Osterkamp adding "Happy Landings!" and Hahn adding "Herzlich!" Envelope verso bears inkstamped biographical details (in German) of each. Accompanied by nine fine high-quality modern prints of WW2-era photographs -- portraits of Buhligen, Hahn, Osterkamp, von Rettberg, etc. A superb assemblage of signatures on an appropriate item. Bookseller Inventory # 37855

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Title: Signed Commemorative Envelope

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Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts has been buying and selling quality books, autographs and ephemera since 1991. We specialize in general antiquarian, first editions, signed books and autographs and documents. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA), Midwest Antiquarian Booksellers Association (MWABA), Universal Autograph Collectors Club (UACC) and The Manuscript Society.

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