A perfect ‘add-on’ piece to complement the aircraft... a walking figure of
Hermann Graf in his flying gear either ready to take off or, if you notice his smile,
just coming back from another successful mission.
After the beginning of ‘Operation Barbarossa’, the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, Graf finally claimed his first ‘kill’ in August 1941.
45 victories later Hermann Graf was awarded the prestigious Knights Cross of The Iron Cross in January 1942. By September of that same year his victory score had risen to an incredible 172 for which his honour was upgraded to the Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds!
At the time of this presentation this was Nazi Germany’s highest military decoration.
On 26 September 1942 he shot down his 200th enemy plane. Now, a national hero he was withdrawn from combat flying and posted, once more, to a fighter pilot training school.
After his return to Germany Graf lived a fairly quiet life and died in his home town of Engen on 4 November, 1988.