Signed Photo and Documentation from Luftwaffe Pilot Major Martin Drewes

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Signed Photo and Documentation from Luftwaffe Pilot Major Martin Drewes- Martin Drewes (20 October 1918 – 13 October 2013) was a German Luftwaffe military aviator and night fighter ace during World War II. He was credited with 52 victories of which 43 were claimed at night whilst flying variants of the Messerschmitt Bf 110 heavy fighter. The majority of his victories were claimed over the Western Front in Defence of the Reich missions against the Royal Air Force's Bomber Command. Born in Lobmachtersen, Drewes grew up in the Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany. Following graduation from school, he joined the military service of the Army in 1937 and transferred to the Luftwaffe in 1939. He flew his first combat missions in early 1941. In May 1941, he participated in the Anglo-Iraqi War where he claimed his first aerial victory on 20 May 1941. In November 1941, Drewes transferred to the night fighter force, initially serving with Nachtjagdgeschwader 3 (NJG 3—3rd Night Fighter Wing). He claimed his first nocturnal aerial victory on the evening of 17 January 1943. In February 1943, Drewes was appointed Staffelkapitän (squadron leader) and transferred to Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 (NJG 1—1st Night Fighter Wing) in August 1943. This is a small black and white photo of Drewes in his dress uniform with his DKiG, night fighter clasp in gold with hanger, pilot badge, Iron cross 1st Class and of course, his Knights Cross. It is hand signed on the bottom and there is a hand written note with date on the reverse to the recipient of the photo. The date is 23.3.1998 and the recipient is Frank Rasp of Tennessee. The group includes the note that Drewes sent back with the photo, the envelope they were sent in and a made by Rasp with pertinent info about Drewes including a copy of the telegram notifying him that he was to be awarded the oakleaves to the Rittenkreuz. A great grouping!