Engel was a Heinkel He 111 bomber pilot who flew with KG53 "The Kondor Legion", which had been formed in 1936 as a group of volunteers who participated in the Spanish Civil War. Engel was a pilot with 5./KG 53, and he and his crew flew the 30,000th mission performed by the "Kondor Legion" and achieved a certain amount of fame as they appeared in the "Der Flieger" and "Flieger, Funker, Kanoniere" publications. He was awarded the Knight`s Cross in February 1945 having completed 400 missions, including launching a number of V-1s at England from his Heinkel He 111 aircraft whilst flying over the North Sea.
Leutnant der Reserve Otto Engel
Knight`s Cross of the Iron Cross
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.