''This is the best Luftwaffe bomber painting I have ever seen...it captures the atmosphere exactly'' - Hajo Herrmann
In September 1940, the final phase of the Battle of Britain, the Luftwaffe turned its attention away from the RAFs airfields and made London its target.
This fascinatingly detailed painting depicts a devastating raid which took place on 15 September when more than one hundred Heinkel-111 and Dornier bombers swarmed over the docklands and the East End. Believing the RAF to be down to their last 50 fighters, the Luftwaffe had not expected much opposition, and so were greatly surprised to be met by no fewer than 28 squadrons of Hurricanes and Spitfires. One He-111 of KG53 is seen here having been hit, before struggling back to France. Many others were not so fortunate and, by the end of the day, the German losses were so great that Hitler postponed the invasion of Britain indefinitely.
This striking piece has been personally signed by the artist along with SIX Luftwaffe bomber and fighter pilots, all Knights Cross holders:
- Major Hans-Ekkehard Bob KC
- Oberleutnant OTTO SCHULTZ KC
- Major Erich Rudorffer KC with Oak Leaves and Swords
- Major KURT DAHLMANN KC with Oak Leaves
- Oberst Hajo Hermann KC with Oak Leaves and Swords
- Oberleutnant Gerhard Krems KC
- 35 x 25 inches
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