A WWII German Air Ace Group - 19 Victories
A Comprehensive Luftwaffe Group - 19 Victories - This group belonged to Luftwaffe Oberleutnant (Oberleutnant lieutenant 1st Class) Wolfgang Kretschmer, who was credited with nineteen kills bewteen June 1941 and March 1943. Iron Cross 1st Class 1939 (brass core with silvered frame, without maker but typical of "Wachtler & Lange, Mittweida" manufacture, 43.8 mm, in case of issue with silvered "EK" on the lid); Iron Cross 2nd Class 1939 (iron core with silvered frame, magentic, unmarked, 43.8 mm); East Medal (silvered zinc, maker marked "60" on the ring, 36.3 mm x 41 mm); Squadrons Clasp for Dayfighter in Gold (gilded brass, unmarked, 25.7 mm x 75.8 mm); and Wound Badge in Silver (silvered zinc, maker marked "4" on pin, 36.5 mm x 44.3 mm). Accompanied by his Pilot's Badge Award Document (dated September 17, 1940 in Berlin, signed by Major General Karl Barlen); his Squadrons Clasp for Dayfighter in Bronze Award Document (dated September 18, 1941, signed by Squadrons Commodore Major Hans Trautloft); Iron Cross 2nd Class 1939 Award Document (dated September 1941, signed by the Chief of the 1st Airfleet, Colonel General Alfred Keller); Squadrons Clasp for Dayfighter in Silver Award Document (dated February 22, signed by Substitute Squadrons Commodore Captain Dietrich Hrabak); Iron Cross 1st Class 1939 Awarded Document (dated March 31, 1942, signed by the Chief of the 1st Airfleet, Colonel General Alfred Keller); Squadrons Clasp for Dayfighter in Gold Award Document (dated May 1,1942, signed by Squadrons Commodore Major Hans Trautloft); East Medal Award Document (dated August 6, 1942, signed by Dayfighter Group Leader, Captain Heinrich Jung); Wound Badge in Silver Award Document (dated May 9, 1944, signed by Group Commander, Major Heinz Bar); Kill List (typewritten, documenting nineteen kills between June 29, 1941 and March 19, 1943); Pass with the owner's photograph as Midshipman (signed on May 22, 1941, with renewal up to 1945); Award Document Promoting Kretschmer to Lieutenant (dated April 20, 1941 in Berlin, with large embossed blind seal, facsimile-signature of Marshal of the Realm (Reichsmarschall) Hermann Goring); Award Document Promoting Kretschmer to Upper Lieutenant (dated June 22, 1943 from Headquarters, with large embossed blind seal, facsimile-signature of Marshal of the Realm (Reichsmarschall) Hermann Goring); the latter two documents in a named card file folder labelled on the front "Oberleutnant Wolfgang Kretschmer, Jagdgeschw. 54" in the centre and numbered "666/34" in the upper right corner; Handwritten Personal Flying Log Book (marked "Oschaya Notebook" in Russian on the cover, with entries of flights between September 1, 1942 and April 14, 1943, signed by the Squadrons Leader); Luftwaffe Honour Goblet was awarded to him on June 25, 1943 (the document is missing, but this group comes with the deposit letter for his Testament, dated August 30, 1944); Salary Statement Letter (dated December 19, 1944); Discharge Paper (dated December 18, 1945, stamped "45 Disbandment Control Unit", bilingual: in English and German); Business Card as Upper Lieutenant; two embroidered Veteran's Patches; and nineteen photographs. Extremely fine.