These military, aviation and naval prints have been personally signed by famous pilots like Gunther Rall and Erich Rudorffer
, U-Boat Commanders like Jurgen Oesten and Alfred Eick, or tank commanders like Erwin Kressmann and Gerhard Fischer.
Erich Rudorffer was born on November 1st 1917 in the town of Zwickau in Saxony.
Erich Rudorffer joined the Luftwaffes I./JG2 Richthofen in November 1939, and was soon flying combat patrols in January 1940 and was assigned to I/JG 2 Richthofen with the rank of Oberfeldwebel.
took part in the Battle of France, scoring the first of his
many victories over a French Hawk 75 on May 14th, 1940.
went on to score eight additional victories during the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain.
recalled an incident in August 1940 when he
escorted a badly damaged Hurricane across the Channel - ditching in the English Channel was greatly feared by pilots on both sides.
As fate often does, Rudorffer found the roles reversed two weeks later, when he was escorted by an RAF fighter after receiving battle damage.
By May 1st 1941 Rudorffer
had achieved 19 victories, which led to the award of the Knights Cross.
In June 1941 Rodorffer became an Adjutant of II./JG2.
In 1942 Rudorffer
participated in Operation Cerberus (known as the Channel Dash) and flew over the Allied landings at Dieppe.
along with JG2 was transferred to North Africa in December 1942.
It was in North Africa that Rudorffer
propensity for multiple-victory sorties.
shot down eight British aircraft in 32 minutes on February 9th 1943 and seven more in 20 minutes six days later.
After scoring a total of 26 victories in Tunisia, Rudorffer
returned to France in April 1943 and was posted to command II./JG54 in Russia, after Hauptmann Heinrich Jung, its Kommodore, failed to return from a mission on July 30th 1943.
On August 24th 1943 he
shot down 5 Russian aircraft on the first mission of the day and followed that up with three more victories on the second mission.
scored seven victories in seven minutes on October 11th but his
finest achievement occurred on November 6th when in the course of 17 minutes, he
shot down thirteen Russian aircraft.
became known to Russian pilots as the fighter of Libau
On October 28th 1944 while about to land, Rudorffer spotted a large formation of Il-2 Sturmoviks.
quickly aborted the landing and moved to engage the Russian aircraft.
In under ten minutes, nine of the of the II-2 Sturmoviks were shot down causing the rest to disperse.
would later that day go on and shoot down a further two Russian aircraft.
These victories took his
total to 113 and he
was awarded the Oak Leaves on April 11th 1944.
would on the 26th January 1945 on his
210th victory receive the addition of the Swords.
In February 1945 Rudorffer
took command of I./JG7 flying the Me262.
was one of the first jet fighter aces of the war, scoring 12 victories in the Me262.
shot down ten 4-engine bombers during the "Defense of the Reich missions".
He was the master of multiple scoring - achieving more multiple victories than any other pilot.
never took leave, was shot down 16 times having to bail out 9 times, and ended the war with 222 victories from over 1000 missions.
was awarded the Knights Cross, with Oak Leaves and Swords.