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JG3 Knight's Cross document in folder to Fw. Engfer

Lot 32-0566
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(July 22, 2018 - 2:00 pm CEST)
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€ 13.500,00
11946 GBP | 15718 USD
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Starting price: € 13.500,00
Important certificate with presentation folder for the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross awarded to Stalingrad fighter pilot Leutnant Siegfried Engfer. Engfer joined the Luftwaffe in 1935, served with 9./Jagdgeschader 3 "Udet" and flew over 348 missions with his Me109.  He was awarded the Knight's Cross during the battle of Stalingrad on 2.10.1942 as a Feldwebel.
Engfer, nick-named "Lederstrumpf", achieved 58 victories in not even one year before a serious lung disease forced him to serve as a fighter pilot instructor in Germany in 1943. Many of the victories were won over Stalingrad / Kalatsch. See http://www.cieldegloire.com/001_engfer_s.php for a full list of all victories.
Engler, born in 1915, went missing on a train from Vienna to Munich in April 1946. 
Knight's Cross certificates to fighter pilots are extremely rare. To find one awarded to a Stalingrad veteran is nearly impossible.
Red presentation folder with typical sunken (gilt) national eagle. Golden bordering to the inside. "FRIEDA THIERSCH" maker marked. Size: 45cm x 36cm. Some signs of use and age. Scratches to both sides.
High quality four page parchment certificate. Document in good condition. Hand-written name SIEGFRIED ENGFER in gold color. "Autopen" signature of Adolf Hitler. "FÜHRERHAUPTQUARTIER DEN 2. OKTOBER 1942 issued. 
Including three original photographes. One shows Engfer as a Leutnant, one as a Feldwebel with Knight's Cross, one as a Feldwebel.

(Ritterkreuzmappe Jagdflieger Siegfried Engfer)

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