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Luftwaffe Ace Wilhelm Crinius is credited with 114 aerial victories claimed in approximately 400 combat missions. He scored 100 victories over the Eastern Front. Of his 14 victories claimed over the Western Front, one was a four-engined bomber. On 23 September 1942, Crinius became the only German fighter pilot to be awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes) and the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub) simultaneously. (Wikipedia) Crinius was wounded in a clash with Spitfires, and he had to ditch his G2 in the Med. After 24 hours, he was rescued by French sailors, and for him, the war was over!
This art shows the style & colors of Crinius' desert mount, and is a great looking show piece for the collector. This full-sized item appears exactly as depicted in wartime photos, although the original was lost during the ditching at sea. For display, it magnificently displays the score of one of the great Luftwaffe fighter Aces, and would be a fantastic addition to any collection.