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Fokker D-VIII by Henry Godines ~ 25% Off ~ Free Shipping

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Limited Edition of 225 Gicleé Prints, Signed and Numbered by the Artist. Print Size is 13"x 15" on linen acid free paper. Comes with a Cetificate of Autheticity.

In this Fokker D-VIII Theo Osterkamp shot down his 25th and 26th victories with this aircraft. The use of the aircraft was very limited for two reasons: (1) Early catastophic wing failures that grounded the aircraft for some time and took time to rectify (the cause is still a matter of dispute). (2) A shortage of castor oil lubricant for the engines. The ersatz oil used causing in flight engine seisures.
Osterkamp flew as a naval pilot operating over the Western Front. On 14 August 1914 he joined the Marinefliegerkorps. He then flew with the 2. Marine-Fliegerabteilung in Flanders. During 1915–1916 he served as an air observer, and became the first German pilot to fly a land-based aircraft to England on a reconnaissance-mission. In March 1917 he joined the Kampffliegerschule (Combat pilot school) in Putzig and then joined the Marine-Jagdstaffel 1. On 15 October 1917 Leutnant Osterkamp took command over Marine-Jagdstaffel 2. He scored a total of 32 victories during the war, and was awarded the Prussian military order Pour le Mérite on 2 September 1918, and was the last individual to receive it.
Between the two World Wars Osterkamp was involved in the formation of the new Luftwaffe, amongst other things by setting up Jagdfliegerschule 1. He also participated in the second, third and fourth FAI International Tourist Plane Contest Challenge 1930 (11th place), Challenge 1932 (12th place) and Challenge 1934 (5th place).
On 19 September 1939 Oberst Osterkamp was appointed Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 51 (JG 51). During the Battle of France he claimed four victories, the first on 12 May 1940. During the Kanalkampf period of the Battle of Britain he claimed a further two victories, bringing his total to six. He was replaced as commander of JG 51 by Werner Mölders on 23 July. Promoted to Generalmajor, Osterkamp was awarded his Ritterkreuz on 22 August 1940. Following his replacement from JG 51, Osterkamp was appointed Jagdfliegerführer 2, the commander of fighter aircraft in Luftflotte 2. On 1 August 1942 he was transferred to Luftsgaustab z.b.V. Afrika. On 5 April 1943 he was appointed Jagdfliegerführer Sizilien and served until replaced on 15 July by Adolf Galland. He then served in a number of Staff positions until being appointed Inspekteur der Luftwaffen-Boden-organisation (Inspector of Luftwaffe ground organisation) in 1944. After criticism from High Command he was dismissed from the service on 21 December 1944.
Theo Osterkamp had a total of 32 victories in WWI and 6 victories in WWII for a combined total of 38 victories for both wars. Theo Osterkamp passed away in 1975.

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