Featuring Messerschmitt Me109Gs of JG-52, the most successful fighter wing of the Luftwaffe during World War II.
Initially based in Germany, the Wing flew against the French before taking on the RAF Spitfires and Hurricanes in earnest during the battle for France and the Battle of Britain. During this intense period of air fighting the Wing lost many pilots and in October 1940 it withdrew to rebuild. After the fall of Crete, JG-52 assumed the first fighter role in Southern Russia and it was on the Russian Front that the Wing's greatest Aces notched up their substantial scores.
Though conditions were often appalling, the pilots of JG-52 flew a tremendous number of missions. The Wing lost 678 of its aircrew in achieving 10,000 aerial victories during its campaign, sixty-seven pilots being awarded the Knights Cross or higher decorations. JG-52's top ten scoring fighter pilots achieved an astonishing 2286 aerial victories between them, and the only two Aces in history to destroy more than 300 enemy aircraft, Erich Hartmann and Gerhard Barkhorn, flew in this historic Fighter Wing.
One of Robert Taylor's most iconic images, and a highly sought after secondary market print. This example is in mint condition
Overall size: 25" x 34"
Available in the following editions
Signed by the artist and six Luftwaffe Aces with a combined 1265 aerial victories.
Erich Hartmann - 352 victories
Günther Rall - 275 victories
Johannes Steinhoff - 176 victories
Walter Krupinski - 197 victories
Herbert Ihlefeld - 140 victories
Dieter Hrabak - 125 victories
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