Robert Taylor relives General Adolf Galland’s personal account of the combat at noon on 21 June 1941 over northern France.
With his wingman Bruno Hegenauer, Galland powers his Me109 through the fighter escort to attack Blenheim bombers of No. 21 Squadron, raking the lead aircraft with cannon fire. In the background, a fierce dogfight is developing between the Me109s of JG-26 and Spitfires of 303 Squadron. Losses and victories will be high on both sides.
In two missions that day Galland claimed two Blenheims and one Spitfire, survived a forced crash-landing, and later a parachute escape from his blazing Me109. That evening he learned he was to become the first recipient of the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords – Germany’s highest award for heroism. Adolf Galland’s Most Memorable Day.
Each print has been personally signed by the artist along with the following highly-respected Luftwaffe Aces:
Generalleutnant ADOLF GALLAND Knights Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords & Diamonds
Oberst JOHANNES NAUMANN Knights Cross
Major GERHARD SCHÖPFEL Knights Cross
Hauptmann OTTO STAMBERGER Iron Cross 1st Class
THE GALLAND TRILOGY SET
This powerful piece was released as part of a trilogy of three prints, including The Channel Dash and Fighter General, to commemorate the life of Adolf Galland, and we currently have available all three prints in the set. Our prints are not matching numbers, but it represents a rare opportunity to collect all three stunning pieces.