All the great Luftwaffe Aces flew the Me109. Most achieved their phenomenal aerial successes in this supreme little fighter, and it is this beautiful aircraft that Robert Taylor has chosen for this painting to pay respect to this unique band of air Aces. In the foreground the Staffel Commander is viewed leading the attack, his cannons blazing as he closes on a formation of B-17s. Close on his heels his Staffel pilots follow him into the attack, while behind another group of Me109 fighters takes on the outer box of the Fortress formation. The Luftwaffe Aces know they must face a wall of fire from the B-17 gunners, and that the Fortress crews will not flinch in the flight. Equally they know they have a job to do and that they will press home the attack regardless of the resistance they encounter. The Lucky ones will survive to fight again tomorrow.
Each print in Robert Taylor’s special Luftwaffe Edition has been individually signed by twelve Luftwaffe Aces who flew the legendary Me109 in combat during World War II.
Generalleutnant ADOLF GALLAND Knights Cross, Oak Leaves Swords & Diamonds
Hauptmann ALFRED GRISLAWSKI Knights Cross with Oak Leaves
Generalmajor DIETRICH HRABAK Knights Cross with Oak Leaves
Generalleutnant WALTER KRUPINSKI Knights Cross with Oak Leaves
Oberst EDUARD NEUMANN German Cross in Gold
Generalleutnant GÜNTHER RALL Knights Cross, Oak Leaves & Swords
Major ERICH RUDORFFER Knights Cross, Oak Leaves & Swords
Oberleutnant WALTER SCHUCK Knights Cross with Oak Leaves
Generalleutnant HANNES TRAUTLOFT Knights Cross
Oberleutnant WALTER WOLFRUM Knights Cross
General JOHANNES “MACKY” STEINHOFF Knights Cross, Oak Leaves & Swords
Generalleutnant FRITZ OBLESER Knights Cross
THE GENERAL’S EDITION
To mark the extraordinary role in aviation history played by General Adolf Galland, each General Edition print is issued with the companion print Night Hunters. This captivating companion print has been signed by six courageous Luftwaffe night-fighter Aces:
Major MARTIN DREWES Knights Cross with Oak Leaves
Major WERNER HOFFMAN Knights Cross
Oberstleutnant HANS-JOACHIM JABS Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves
Oberleutnant ERICH WEISSFLOG Knight’s Cross
Leutnant DIETER SCHMIDT-BARBO Knight’s Cross
Leutnant FRITZ RUMPLEHART Knight’s Cross
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