Out for Trouble
by Heinz Krebs
|Heinkel He-111 medium range bombers of KG53 Legion Condor cross the Channel coast. The yellow-nosed Messerschmitt 109 fighters of JG26, led by their legendary general, Adolf Galland, sweep through the bomber formation. The Luftwaffe crews are on their way to meet the Royal Air Force during the third and last phase of the Battle of Britain, that epic fight which altered the course of World War II.
|Overall size: 21" x 25½"
|Available in the following editions
|Signed by two He-111 pilots of the Legion Kondor and two JG-26 fighter pilots.
|As above - matted with autographed photos of Adolf Galland & Dietrich Pelz. *
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Molge finished school in 1939 and then gained an aprenticeship as a toolmaker at VDM Luftfahrtwerke, which was involved in manufacturing propellers. During that time Molge joined the Flieger HJ, a state run youth organization in which he received glider training and gained his 'A' class licence. In May 1943 he was sent to a work camp in Poland and in July he was drafted into the Luftwaffe and sent to Cherbourge, France for his basic training. He was awarded his wings in June 1944 and posted to JG103 in Pomerania for fighter training, and converted to the Fw190. In September he joined JG26, at age 19 one of the youngest members of the unit. He flew in Operation Bodenplatte in which he attacked Johnnie Johnson's Canadian Wing at it's base near Brussels on Dec 31st. 1944, where many aircraft were destroyed on the ground. On 4th. January 1945he was attacked by Spitfires of 442 Squadron and forced to make a crash landing. In early May his aircraft exploded from an unknown cause and he was forced to bale out. A few days later he was captured by the Allies and held as a P.O.W. until August.
Engel flew He111 bombers with 5./KG 53, he and his crew flew the 30,000th mission performed by the 'Kondor Legion' and achieved a certain amount of fame as they appeared in the "Der Flieger" and "Flieger, Funker, Kanoniere" publications. He was awarded the Knight`s Cross in February 1945 having completed 400 missions, including launching a number of V-1s at England from his Heinkel He 111 aircraft whilst flying over the North Sea.
Wittmann flew He111s with KG88 during the Spanish civil war . In May 1940 he took part in attacks on the Maginot line and later against England. He went to the Eastern Front in 1941 where he stayed for the next three years, credited with the destruction of 30 supply trains, ten tanks and two gunboats, in addition to damaging rail links and marshalling yards. He also bombed Moscow on seven occasions. He was awarded the ‘Ritterkreuz’ on 23rd. November 1941 and appointed Kommandeur II/KG 55. He flew at least 467 sorties and was forced to bale out numerous times. He was awarded the Eichenlaub on February 1st. 1945.
Gehrke joined the Luftwaffe in August 1941 after having obtained his glider licence. Graduating from the military flight training facility at Straubing, Bavaria in June 1943 he was posted to LG 107 in Nancy, France, then to Marseille. He was then posted to 11./JG 26 in February 1944 where he flew as wingman for Gen. Walter Krupinski. While flying with JG26 Gehrke became an Ace, downing three P-47s and two Hawker Tempests. The first four victories were scored whilst flying the Bf109, and the final victory, a Tempest of 274 Sqdn. was scored on 22nd. February 1945 while Gehrke was flying a Fw190D.
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Bearing the same signatures as the limited edition, and using conservation grade materials and methods, the print is double matted with a shadow box layer to include the personally autographed photographs of Gen. Adolf Galland and
Overall size: 26⅛" x 36¾"