Wagner began his Luftwaffe training in late 1940, and then after pilot training became a night fighter pilot. He was promoted to Leutnant in February 1942. From 20 September 1943 he was the technical officer of 8. Staffel III/NJG 5. In March 1944 III/NJG 5 moved to France and on 10 June 1944 he became commander of 9.Staffel III/NJG 5 and promoted to Oberleutant in August. On 2 August 1944 during a low level attack on the Allied bridgehead in France he was shot down by flak and suffered serious burns. Captured by the Allied he was taken PoW and his injuries treated, eventually attending a military hospital in the USA. In February 1946 he was released and returned to Germany, to undergo further medical treatment through to 1948. Victories: 4 Bombers between 24.12.1943 and 21.7.1944.
Oberleutnant Gerhard Wagner
Iron Cross First Class
Hand signed 5in x 7in photograph - numbered and certified on reverse.
Accompanied by matching biography card giving a brief outline of their flying career with the Luftwaffe.