Hub Zemke was a fighter pilot and commander who led from the front.
A great tactician too, it was in no small measure due to the air combat tactics introduced to the 56th Fighter Group by its mercurial leader that by the end of WW2 it had become the top-scoring Fighter Group in the USAF. This highly successful unit spawned some of the top fighter aces in the European theatre: Gabby Gabreski with 34.5 victories, Robert Johnson with 28 victories, and the colorful Ace, Walker Bud Mahurin who shot down 21 German aircraft.
High over Germany at the extremity of its range, the P-47 of Hub Zemke is seen leading his pilots in to defend a stricken B-17 against the persistent attacks of marauding Fw190s. Already damaged, the B-17 has dropped from the relative safety of the formation, and protection from the P-47s is now its only chance of survival.
Each print has been signed by the following iconic Aces who flew with the Wolfpack including their legendary leader ‘Hub’ Zemke’. They made up some of the highest scoring Fighter Aces in the European Theater:
Colonel FRANCIS “GABBY” GABRESKI – 34 ½ victories
Colonel HUB ZEMKE – 17 ¾ victories
Lieutenant Colonel ROBERT S JOHNSON – 27 victories
Colonel WALKER “BUD” MAHURIN – 23 ¼ victories
This classic Robert Taylor has become very collectible over the years, and with such an irreplaceable line up of signatures is the perfect collectors item for aviation art enthusiasts and autograph hunters alike.