Robert Taylor’s final painting in his 60th Anniversary trilogy features a scene from the attacks on the afternoon of September 7, 1940.
Led by Herbert Ihlefeld, Me109E’s of II/JG2 dive through the bomber formation giving chase to Hurricanes of 242 Squadron as Ju88s of KG30, having unloaded their bombs, head for home. One Ju88 has been hit and is already losing height, and will not return. Following behind He111s of KG53 try to keep formation as they fly through flak. The sky is alive with action.
A majestic painting by the world’s foremost aviation artist, depicting a moment from the defining day in the most significant air battle ever fought. Each print is signed by renowned Luftwaffe fighter Aces:
Oberst ADOLF DICKFELD Knights Cross with Oak Leaves – 136 victories
Major ERICH RUDORFFER Knights Cross with Oak Leaves & Swords – 222 victories
Generalleutnant GÜNTHER RALL Knights Cross with Oak Leaves & Swords – 275 victories
Major HEINZ LANGE Knights Cross – 70 victories
Oberstleutnant ERNST-WILHELM REINERT Knights Cross with Oak Leaves & Swords – 174 victories
Each Millennium Proof is signed by a total of fifteen Luftwaffe pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain, and two additional holders of the Knight’s Cross.
Oberleutnant SIEGFRIED BETHKE
Major HANS-EKKEHARD BOB Knights Cross
Hauptmann ALFRED GRISLAWSKI Knights Cross with Oak Leaves
Oberleutnant HELMUT BENNEMANN Knights Cross
Unteroffizier RUDOLF MIESE
Oberst EDUARD NEUMANN German Cross in Gold
Leutnant EDMUND “PAULE” ROSSMANN Knights Cross
Oberleutnant GÜNTHER SEEGER Knights Cross
Oberleutnant HERBERT THOMAS
General HERBERT WEHNELT
Leutnant HERBERT KAISER Knights Cross
Hauptmann RUDOLF TRENKEL Knights Cross