All the great Luftwaffe Aces flew the Me109. Most achieved their phenomenal aerial successes in this supreme little fighter, and it is this beautiful aircraft that Robert Taylor has chosen for this painting to pay respect to this unique band of air Aces. In the foreground the Staffel Commander is viewed leading the attack, his cannons blazing as he closes on a formation of B-17s. Close on his heels his Staffel pilots follow him into the attack, while behind another group of Me109 fighters takes on the outer box of the Fortress formation. The Luftwaffe Aces know they must face a wall of fire from the B-17 gunners, and that the Fortress crews will not flinch in the flight.
Equally they know they have a job to do and that they will press home the attack regardless of the resistance they encounter.
The Lucky ones will survive to fight again tomorrow.
Overall size: 26" x 35½"
Available in the following editions
Signed by twelve of the Luftwaffe's top Aces. - One copy only
companion print signed by three Me110 night-fighter pilots and three radio operators
Issued as a companion to "Eagles Out of the Sun" this print depicts a pair of Me110 night-fighters at dusk as they climb to their patrol altitude, where they will wait for the RAF's heavy bombers.
Each print is signed by three Me110 night-fighter pilots and three radio operators.
Overall size: 21" x 27"
The signatures (main print)
Adolf Galland (103 victories)
Alfred Grislawski (133 victories)
Dieter Hrabak (125 victories)
Walter Krupinski (197 victories)
Eduard Neumann (13 victories)
Friedrich Oblesser (127 victories)
Gunther Rall (275 victories)
Erich Rudorffer (222 victories)
Walter Schuck (206 victories)
Johannes Steinhoff (176 victories)
Hannes Trautloft (57 victories)
Walter Wolfrum (137 victories)
The signatures (companion print)
Martin Drewes (52 victories)
Werner Hoffman (51 victories)
Hans-Joachim Jabs (50 victories)
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