Led by the brilliant Eduard Neumann, the pilots of JG-27 were given a freedom in the air not experienced on the Channel Front. Flying in free-ranging pairs and fours they roamed the North African skies, pouncing from height upon enemy formations. The tactics suited the talents of the more aggressive pilots, and stars quickly emerged, none more prominently than Hans-Joachim Marseille. During a short but mercurial career in the Desert, Marseille claimed over 150 victories, more than any other Luftwaffe Ace against the R.A.F. pilots during World War II.
This stunning limited edition records Marseille’s jubilant low pass as he returns to his desert airstrip having just achieved his 100th victory. In the foreground his fellow pilots are seen clambering out of their Me109s having just completed another successful mission. Robert’s masterful painting painting brings to life the heat and dust of the Western Desert, the acrid aroma of hot engines and the exhilaration of victory as another combat mission ends.
Each print individually signed by the artist and FOUR distinguished Luftwaffe fighter Aces who flew in the Desert Campaign alongside Hans-Joachim Marseille:
Colonel EDUARD NEUMANN
Ambassador FRANZ ELLES
Brigadier General FRIEDRICH KORNER
Captain FRITZ KELLER
THE PUBLISHERS PROOF
Exclusively limited to just fifty portfolios worldwide, each copy of Hunters in the Desert is issued with the matching numbered companion print Tank Busters, which is personally signed by four highly decorated RAF Fighter Pilots who flew in the Western Desert
Squadron Leader NEVILLE DUKE DSO, OBE, DFC**AFC – 29 victories
Air Chief Marshal Sir FRED ROSIER GCB, CBE, DSO – 2 victories
Squadron Leader JOHN URWIN-MANN DSO, DFC* – 9 victories
Air Marshal Sir PETER WYKEHAM KCB,DSO* OBE, DFC* – 15 victories
This powerful collector’s piece is the perfect acquisition for aviation art enthusiasts and autograph hunters alike.