W. Nr. 0152 594, Maj. Hermann Graf, CO of JGr. Ost, Toulouse – Blagnac, France, April 1943

Hermann Graf, although flying with the Luftwaffe already from the start of the Second World War, didn‘t fly combat until operations

over Crete. His first combat victories were achieved over the plains of the Soviet Union with JG 52. He was very successful, and in the

space of thirteen months, he would amass 202 kills over Soviet aircraft. On September 16th, 1942 he was awarded Germany‘s highest

honour, the Knight‘s Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds. After that, he was withdrawn from combat and made CO of the

training unit JGr.Ost. After a short stint with JG 50, he was made CO of JG 11 on November 11th, 1943, and on October 1st, 1944,

he stepped into the same role with his former JG 52, which he would lead up to the end of the war. After the war, the Americans turned

him over to the Soviets, who would not release him until December 25th, 1949. Hermann Graf died on November 4th, 1988 in Engen.

Hermann Graf flew two aircraft while serving with JGr.Ost, an Fw 190A-4 and an Fw 190A-5. The aircraft carried a red tulip motif

on the yellow engine cowl, with a similar design being carried on the rudder with a scoreboard of his kills. Graf‘s personal marking

appeared on the rear fuselage on the left side, while the unit badge of an eagle teaching her young to fly appeared on the right side.

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INFO Eduard - March 2018