Battle of Britain - Signed FDC - Reinhard SEILER Knights Cross with Oak Leaves - JG54

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MAJOR REINHARD 'SEPPL' SEILER - KNIGHTS CROSS WITH OAK LEAVES - JG54

Seiler claimed his first victory - a Polikarpov I-15 - during the Spanish Civil War when he was part of the 'Condor Legion'. He scored a second victory - and I-16 - shortly afterwards. On his return to Germany he was transferred to JG54 and flew sorties during the so-called 'Phoney War' period, scoring again with a French Potez. He flew throughout the Battle of Britain with JG54 but on 5th August 1940, while escoring Bombers, he shot down a Spitfire but was then 'bounced' by Hurricanes and shot down and badly wounded. He was out of action for 6 months.

He returned for the opening phases of 'Operation Barbarossa' and flew intensively for the next year, leading III/JG54 and amassing more victories. He briefly transferred to the West, where he scored his only victory over a B-17, before returning to Russia to command I/JG54. He led this Unit during the huge Battle of Kursk in July 1943, his Fw190's supporting the Northern Sector of the front from Orel. On the 6th July Seiler shot down a P-39Q Airacobra but was almost instantly hit by another, forcing him to bale out wounded again, landing near Ponyri, between Kursk and Orel. His wounds were so severe he was not allowed to return to combat flying.

Seiler scored 109 victories - 96 in Russia, 9 in Spain and 4 in the West.

A VERY RARE SIGNATURE!!