Lot Number 74

Junkers Ju 87 - purportedly a tail fin section from a Junkers Ju 87 Stuka from Valletta, Malta 1941 [Siege of Malta] featuring black and white Hakenkreuz (Swastika), a tribute to Knights Cross Winner OBLT Artur Pipan #5/Staffel STG/1 and features an image of him affixed to the front. Siege of Malta June 1940 - November 1942 Malta, a military and naval fortress, whose proximity to Italy engendered the assumption among military leaders that the island was largely indefensible. With the declaration of war by Mussolini 10th June 1940 bombing of the island began almost immediately and when fighting intensified in North Africa, Allied and Axis commands recognised the importance of Malta in controlling the central Mediterranean. On the 10th December 1940 Fliegerkorps X (Flying Corps 10), under the command of Hans Ferdinand Geisler was ordered to Sicily and by 2nd January 1941 the first Luftwaffe units were in Trapani, Sicily, both were Junkers Ju 87 Stuka Gruppen Sturzkampfgeschwader 1 and 2 numbering 80 Ju 87's leading to an increase in bombing operations on Malta with the areas of Valetta and the dockyards and Admiralty headquarters across Grand Harbour suffering heavy bombing from Ju 87's. The piece is arranged as a tribute to Artur Pipan (05.12.1919 - 01.08.2009) an Austrian officer who served in the Luftwaffe during World War Two and from February 1941 was based with StG 1 in Sicily and flew missions over the Mediterranean and on Malta. While there he was awarded the Ehrenpokal der Luftwaffe (Honor Goblet of the Luftwaffe) 13.11.1941 (according to Soldbuch, published in the Ehrenliste der Deutschen Luftwaffe 24.11.1941) and the Deutsches Kreuz (German Cross) 24.09.1942, retiring 01.01.1982 as a Brigadier and was credited during his career with 758 missions, destroying 10 locomotives, 9 bridges, 1 gun boat and many tanks.