1961, the first fighter wing of the new German Federal Luftwaffe, led by the famous Ace of Aces Colonel Erich Hartmann, was named JG 71 Richthofen after another well-known German fighter \ace, the Red Baron Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen.
Erich Hartmann returns from a mission in his JA-111. The nose of Hartmann's F-86 sports the black tulip, his personal emblem throughout World War II. This emblem is carried by all aircraft in his new fighter wing as a sign of loyalty to their boss.
The signature panel on this print is placed to the left of the image, please see below.
Overall size: 24½" x 35"
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Signed by Erich Hartmann
Erich Hartmann started his career as Paule Rossman's wingman. Promoted to Staffelkapitan of
7./JG52 in July 1943, he was shot down and taken prisoner, but escaped four hours later. In
September he took command of 9./JG52.He later led 4./JG52, then briefly I./JG53, and finally
Gruppenkommandeur of I./JG52.
Erich Hartmann scored a total of 352 confirmed victories, making him the highest scoring fighter
Ace ever. He was awarded the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds.