by Nicolas Trudgian

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Adolf Galland scrambles a flight of Me262 jets to meet an in-coming USAAF heavy bomber raid, during the final stages of the Battle for Germany.

The legend of Willie Messerschmitts Me262, and the elite fighter Aces who piloted this revolutionary jet aircraft, is as secure as any born during the Second World War. As they hurtled into the air, climbing at speeds hitherto unknown, a small group of seasoned pilots heralded a new generation of combat aircraft that would extend into the 21st century. At the spearhead of this new era in combat flying was the mercurial fighter leader Adolf Galland. Sacked for opposing the naive tactics of Luftwaffe supremo Hermann Goering, Galland found himself, as a General, once again leading a squadron of fighters into battle. Although too late to change the spectre of imminent defeat, this tiny group of highly decorated Aces fought a courageous rearguard action during the final Defense of the Reich. Seen blasting off an airfield in Bavaria are four Me262s, led by General Adolf Galland. Glistening in the damp air these sleek fighters are on full power in their rush to climb to altitude. Within minutes they will attack an incoming mass formation of B-17s and B-24s. Below, the roads and buildings reflect the sunlight between the scattered clouds of a departing storm.

The print is signed by THREE highly-ranking Luftwaffe Aces who flew Me262s in combat:

  • Generalleutnant Adolf Galland KC with Oak Leaves Swords and Diamonds
  • Generalleutnant Walter Krupinski KC with Oak Leaves
  • Oberst Hermann Buchner KC

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