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Hi Gents,

Been very busy and regret not having visited the forum in a while. I'd like to make it up and show you one of my new acquisitions, a grouping attributed to LW ace Werner Machold (29.07.1913 - 02.04.1968). 

Here's a short biography on the man in question:

,,The outbreak of WW II saw Werner Machold as an NCO pilot with I./JG 2 Richthofen. Born on July 29, 1913, Werner Machold was among the oldest of the first fighter aces of the Luftwaffe. However, his Gruppenkommandeur, Hauptmann Erich Mix, was a veteran pilot from WW I who in 1940 was in his forties. But the 13 victories achieved by Mix in a two-month period is a clear evidence that he was still going strong. Mix soon noticed the talent of Oberfeldwebel Machold and placed him in the position of a section leader. 

On May 14, 1940, when JG 2 achieved twenty victories, Oberfeldwebel Werner Machold achieved his first two kills against French M.S. 406 fighter. Five days later, he shot down an RAF Hurricane, and brought home two victories each on May 20 and May 21, 1940. His eighth victory was scored against a Spitfire over Calais on May 26, 1940. No 9 and 10, a Morane and a Bloch 150 on June 3, 1940. 

During the subsequent Battle of Britain, Machold rose to one of the most notable German aces. He knocked down three Hurricanes in a row on August 30, 1940. Three days later he repeated the same feat, only this time against three Spitfires. Having achieved 20 victories, all but six against RAF Spitfires and Hurricanes, Machold was awarded with the Knight's Cross on September 5, 1940. Later, Machold was promoted to Oberleutnant and put in charge of 7./JG 2 (Staffelkapitän). Machold's last two victories were attained against RAF Spitfires over the English Channel on May 19, 1941.

During a low-level Jabo attack on a shipping convoy off Portland beginning of June 1941, Machold's Bf 109E-7/Z (W.Nr. 5983) “White 15”received a hit in the radiator from anti-aircraft fire from a Royal Navy destroyer. Werner had no other option but to belly-land on the British southern coast. 
He became a prisoner-of war for the remainder of hostilities. Werner Machold amassed 32 victories in over 250 combat missions. All his victories were recorded over the Western front. Post war, he joined the Bundeswehr and held a final rank of major''

 

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A very impressive grouping. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Kind regards
Pierce

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How many groupings or material do you have now from RK Holders ? Impressive as already told, thanks for sharing. Hope to see more from you soon, my friend.

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Thanks Gents.

@Bart V. It's actually my first grouping this complete (awards, BW photos, letters and other post war paperwork). Apart from this lot I also have Hansen's nachlass (which was previously shown by Mathijs) + added RK with EL and two more attributed 57er RKs, sadly without any firm provenance.

 

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How could I have missed these .... I'm spending way to little time here it seems .... great LW group !!!!

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