SMGP-1002 Walter Krupinski Signed 4×6 luftwaffe fighter ace
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This photos is in fair condition, having a crease on the left upper corner. There is some other wear to the photo. There is a slight curve to the photo, but it will be shipped in a ridged sleeve which will keep it straight.
Lt General Walter Krupinski Knight?s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
Born? 11.11.1920 Domnau/Ostpreugen
RK? 29.10.1942 as Leutnant
EL? 02.03.1944 as Oberleutnant (No.415)
?Graf Punski? (Count Punski) joined the 6/JG 52 in January 1942 and between then and December 1942 he had shot down 66 Russian aircraft.? He was awarded the Knight?s Cross with a score of 53 victories and with the rank of Leutnant.? After being wounded in combat he return to operations as Staffelkapitan of 7/JG 52 in March 1943.? On 5 July 1943 he achieved eleven victories in a single day, and these were his 80th to 90th victories.? By March 1944 he had scored 177 victories and with the rank of Oberleutnant he was awarded Oak Leaves to his Knight?s Cross.? Also in March 1944 he was transferred to 1/JG 5 to fly in Defense of the Reich and later became Kommandeur II/JG 11.? He commanded III/ JG 26 between September 1944 and March 1945 before he joined Galland?s ?Squadron of Experts? flying Me 262s with JV 44.
Total of 1100 missions, 197 victories (20 West, 1 four-engined).
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