Released in 1980 this was one of the earliest collaborations between RAF and Luftwaffe Aces and has become one of the most famous and sought after prints in Robert Taylor’s extensive portfolio.
Published as a restricted edition of 1500 prints, what makes this outstanding piece even more rare and desirable is that the signatures are in ink rather than pencil, meaning unless a copy is framed with UV blocking glass or has been kept in the dark for 30 years it will fade over time and be lost forever. Very seldom do we get the opportunity these days to acquire a mint condition example.
The painting depicts RAF legend Douglas Bader and the great Luftwaffe fighter leader, Adolf Galland dueling in the skies over Northern France in 1941. The print is personally autographed by these two iconic pilots:
Generalleutnant ADOLF GALLAND Knights Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords & Diamonds – 104 victories
Group Captain SIR DOUGLAS BADER CBE DSO* DFC* – 24 victories
This copy is conservation framed and matted with museum UV glass by our expert team, and includes the original autographs of two more iconic Aces of the RAF and Luftwaffe:
Air Vice Marshal J.E ‘JOHNNIE’ JOHNSON CB CBE DSO** DFC* – 19 & 616 Sqns / 38 victories, highest scoring RAF Ace
Major ERICH RUDORFFER Knights Cross with Oak Leaves & Swords – JG-2, JG-7, JG-54 / 222 victories