Wwii Horst Petzschler Luthwaffe Ace Pilot Signed B&w Photo
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Wwii Horst Petzschler Luthwaffe Ace Pilot Signed B&w Photo:
You are offerding on a 4x6 black and white photo that is autographed by Horst Petzschler who was an ace pilot with during WWII. The autograph is in sharpie and is guaranteed authentic.
Horst Petzschler was born on 1 September 1921 in Berlin. Petzschler’s interest in flight began at an earlier age. As a teenager Petzschler received government sponsored youth glider training in the late 1930s and completed an apprenticeship as a toolmaker with Henschel Flugzeugwerke A.G. at Schoneld before joining the Luftwaffe at age nineteen in April 1941. After receiving NCO training, Master Sergeant Petzschler reported to Flugzeugfuhrerschule A/B-10 at Grottau in September 1941. After receiving his pilot’s license, he entered flight schools at Oels and Olau and was assigned to a fighter school squadron located in Villacoublay, France. Still in training, Petzschler experienced combat for the first time in May 1943 when he and his other squadron mates encountered United States Army Air Force Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses on a bombing run over Guyancourt, France. (Incidentally, one of the B-17s was the famous Memphis Belle flown by Colonel Robert Morgan.) The chance to observe American bomber formations in action allowed German fighter pilot trainees the opportunity to gain a first person account of American bomber defensive tactics. Petzschler would intercept other bomber formations before finishing most of his training in the Focke-Wulf Fw 190-A2. In late summer/early fall of 1943, Petzschler was transferred to JG 5 based at Smolensk. Petzschler’s primary role was tank busting, flying high and low level attacks against Russian armor in support of German troops. During his first mission, however, Petzschler was shot down for the first time by Russian flak. He was rescued by a German tank crew from the 3rd Totenkopf Panzer Division and quickly returned to flying sorties against the Russians. In all Petzschler flew 126 fighter-bomber missions and received three aerial victories before being transferred to JG 3 "Udet" near Madeburg, Germany. From the first week of April 1944 to the last week of May Petzschler intercepted American bomber formations. Flying a total of twelve missions in a Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 he shot down a B-17 Flying Fortress, a B-24 Liberator and two P-51 Mustangs, with himself being shot down once by a Mustang and receiving extensive damage from American fighters necessitating forced lands on two separate occasions. On May 28th, Petzschler and about 330 other Bf 109 and Fw 190 pilots were scrambled on Ascension Day to in intercept 1,200 American four-engine bombers escorted by nearly 700 fighters. During the aerial battle, the American 352nd Fighter Group attacked Petzschler and his wingman Unteroffizer Herdy. American pilot Captain Woody Anderson shot down and killed Herdy. Anderson flew over Petzschler enabling Petzschler to shoot down Anderson. Petzschler was then attacked from behind and shot down by Anderson’s wingman. After surviving the bailout of his disabled Bf 109, Petzschler was gladly transferred back to the Russian front. Flying both the Fw 190 and Bf 109 with the Stabsstaffel JG Molders, Petzschler’s second tour concentrated on downing Russian aircraft and his aerial victories rose steadily before being transferred to Liegnitz/Siesia to train 28 bomber pilots to be fighter pilots in September 1944. From February through May 1945, Petzschler served with the 10th Squadron JG 51 in Danzig near Pillau Konigsberg. During this tour, Petzschler and his squadron flew against the French unit that was fighting for the Russians known as the Air Regiment "Normandie-Neimen". One of the French airmen was the top French ace of WWII, Marcel Albert. On 4 May 1945, Petzschler flew to an Allied airfield in hopes of surrendering to American forces. The airfield, however, was actually in Sweden. The Swedish government transferred Petzschler to the Soviet Union. Horst Petzschler flew 297 combat missions, received 26 confirmed aerial victories and was shot down 13 times (11 crash lands and two bailouts). He was awarded the Iron Cross (1st and 2nd class), the Golden Fighter Clasp as he passed 150 frontline sorties and the Goblet of Honor for surpassing 250 missions. He was eventually released from a Soviet prison on 22 September 1949. After his release, Petzschler returned to Germany and joined the Berlin police force, but soon returned to aircraft manufacturing, his pre-war profession. Having been employed by various aircraft firms such as Boeing, Lear, Northrop and Beechcraft he finally retired in 1988.
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