Messerschmitt Me262 jets of JG7 return home after intercepting an American raid on Munich air bases, Bavaria, 1945.
As the war in Europe drew to its close, an elite group of Luftwaffe fighter pilots, undaunted by the over-whelming odds, heralded in the new Jet Age in a final desperate attempt to defend their homeland. All were veteran combat Aces, most having flown continually since the Battles of France and Britain almost six years earlier. Many had completed upwards of 1000 combat missions, and even as Germany was fast falling to the Allied advances, these remarkable men refused to accept defeat.
Roaring off the airfields of southern Germany Willie Messerschmitt’s Me262 jet fighter was faster than anything that had flown before. Thrown into battle whilst still in development, the aircraft was a handful to fly, but in the hands of the most experienced fighter Aces the world has ever known, the Me262 was a force to be reckoned with.
This stunning print is personally autographed by three of the most iconic Aces ever to fly the Me262:
General ADOLF GALLAND Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds – 104 victories
Major ERICH RUDORFFER Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves, and Swords – 222 victories
Leutnant FRITZ TEGTMEIER Knight’s Cross – 146 victories