Major Erich Leie was credited with 118 victories in over 500 missions. He recorded 76 victories over the Eastern front, including 32 Sturmovik ground attack aircraft. Of his 42 confirmed victories recorded over the Western front, 30 were Spitfire fighters and one was a four-engine bomber.
Me 109 with pilot and support crew, pilot , rigger, armorer, and senior officer stand beside one of the best known fighters of World War 2. Always in the forefront of either attack of defence throughout the entire conflict.
"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few..." (Churchill) This part of the speech refers to the ongoing efforts of the Royal Air Force pilots who were at the time fighting the Battle of Britain, the pivotal air battle with the German Luftwaffe with Britain expecting a German invasion.