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David Ashby - Moderator18/07/2019 10:19:31
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Hi chaps. A bit different this one but I've picked up a Tamiya kit at a charity shop and noticed it has an inscription on the box.

It seems to be signed by Ulrich somebody but I'm struggling with the surname, any thoughts? Is this a significant someone?

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Max Z18/07/2019 10:30:33
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Ulrich Heimhilger? I can find an Anton with that surname in "Traces of War", but he had nothing with flying anything as far as I can gather.

Martin Harris18/07/2019 10:33:55
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I'm pretty certain it will be Ulrich Steinhilper.  German bf109 pilot who was shot down and captured during the BoB.

Author of the book "Spitfire on my tail" which gives a lot of insight into the experiences and attitudes of the German people with some surprising parallels with the RAF and revelations about entrenched attitudes and cliques within the Luftwaffe. I can recommend it highly...

Edited By Martin Harris on 18/07/2019 10:38:05

KiwiKid18/07/2019 10:36:44
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Heinlinger is a German/Austrian surname.

David Ashby - Moderator18/07/2019 10:46:00
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Thanks guys, that looks like a probable Martin. 👍

Richard Acland18/07/2019 10:58:25
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Hi David,

Ulrich Steinhilper wrote Spitfire on my tail. He became a well known personality after the war. I have a copy in my library of books that I read again and again.

Richardulrich steinhilper

David Ashby - Moderator18/07/2019 11:07:07
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Thanks Richard, I’ve just ordered a copy.

Martin Harris18/07/2019 11:08:19
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This might help make it a "confirmed":

Ulrich went on to work for IBM after the war and is widely credited with inventing the concept of word processing.

Doc Marten18/07/2019 13:09:11
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Posted by Martin Harris on 18/07/2019 10:33:55:

I'm pretty certain it will be Ulrich Steinhilper. German bf109 pilot who was shot down and captured during the BoB.

Author of the book "Spitfire on my tail" which gives a lot of insight into the experiences and attitudes of the German people with some surprising parallels with the RAF and revelations about entrenched attitudes and cliques within the Luftwaffe. I can recommend it highly...

Edited By Martin Harris on 18/07/2019 10:38:05

+1,

I'd wager a large sum of money that it's Steinhilper, I have a s copy of 'Spitfire on my tail' which he signed at Biggin Hill during the 60th(?) Commemoration of the BoB, I recommend a read of the book which focuses on the reluctance to the installation of radio by the German aces and the biggest threat to the Luftwaffe pilots......... running out of fuel.

David Ashby - Moderator18/07/2019 13:34:52
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Yep, that’s pretty conclusive. Thanks Martin, I’m looking forward to a good read.

Percy Verance18/07/2019 18:12:35
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Nice one David. That would be worth a bob or two to a WW2 collector......... What a find!

I think Ulrich Steinhilper was one of the first to suffer - and survive - a jet crash.....

Edited By Percy Verance on 18/07/2019 18:22:48

Martin Harris18/07/2019 22:51:23
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I'm not sure about that last post - Ulrich was captured during the BoB and took no further part in the war other than numerous escape attempts.

Nigel Dell19/07/2019 08:29:28
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Do you think you maybe mistaking Ulrich for Lanny Lanowski Percy? I had the great pleasure of meeting Lanny on several occasions in the 80’s he used to frequent the Fighter Meet at North Weald and as I recall he did attend a few of the early wings and wheel’s shows, he had with him a rc model of a P47 that had been built for him depicting his aircraft when he flew in the USAAF, a fascinating story he was a great teller of his exploits and he did survive a jet crash/ heavy arrival in the states.

Witold (Lanny) Lanowski

Old Geezer19/07/2019 08:30:31
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If ever there was something begging to be an entry for Antiques Roadshow ( not Cash in the Attic etc. too low rent! ) it has to be this - ok, not really an antique ( not yet ) but the supporting documentation would make it a fascinating 5 or 10 minute item.

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