During World War II there were many famous aircraft, but when you speak about the Luftwaffe…none was more famous than the Messerschmitt Me 109. First seeing service in the Spanish Civil War, the Me 109 would progress through many models and would be employed in every theater of the European war. From the frozen shores of the “Ice Sea,” to the endless steppes of Russia, to the rocky deserts of Libya… the Me 109 truly was an “Eagle.”The war in Africa was a different war than the one fought in Europe. Troops and airmen of both sides were subjected to the sun…the dust…the sandstorms…and the scorpions. The harshness of the battlefield tempered those who fought there… indeed, there was an element of chivalry…there were still knights on both sides. One of them was Werner Schroer…who rose to command a group in famed Jagdgesschwader 27. He would end the war with 114 victories, and in North Africa would be the second leading ace…only his friend, Marseille, would achieve a higher score.EDITION: 1000 signed/numbered by Jay Ashurst and Werner Schroer Werner Schröer(12 February 1918 in Mülheim an der Ruhr – 10 February 1985 in Ottobrunn) was a German World War II fighter ace who served in the Luftwaffe from 1937, initially as a member of the ground staff, until the end of World War II in Europe on 8 May 1945, by which time he had reached the highest ranks of combat leadership. A flying ace or fighter ace is a military aviator credited with shooting down five or more enemy aircraft during aerial combat.Schröer was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves and Swords was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. For the fighter pilots, the grades of the Knight's Cross were also a quantifiable measure of their success and skill. Werner Schröer was the second most successful claimant of air victories after Hans-Joachim Marseille in the Mediterranean. SIZE: 16” X 20”
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