Rare Limited Edition by Nicolas Trudgian - Three Hundred Club features the Me109s of Erich Hartman and Gerhard Barkhorn over the Eastern Front.
Although the true qualities of a fighter pilot cannot be measured simply by tallying his number of air victories - some of the greatest fighter leaders do not feature in the top score sheets - there can be no question that any fighter pilot whose victory tally is counted in 100's has got to be exceptional. That two of them achieved more than 300 air-to-air victories is pure phenomena. In paying tribute to Erich Hartmann and Gerhard Barkhorn, the only two fighter pilots ever to top the 300 victory mark, Nicolas Trudgian has painted a gripping combat scene being played out in the typically harsh environment where these two remarkable fighter aces achieved immortality. Both "300 Club" members flew the majority of their combat missions with JG-52, the most successful fighter wing of WWII, where, on the Eastern Front they encountered and conquered every type of fighter including British built Spitfires and Hurricanes, the American Airacobra, and all the best Russian built fighters, including the Yak-9.
Nicolas Trudgian's quite stunning rendition brings to life the harsh reality of the air war on the Eastern Front in a scene from November 1944. Heading back from the Front, a German armoured column has come under attack from Russian LA7's as it files past a frozen Lake Balaton, in Hungary. Luftwaffe fighters from JG-52 have been called in, and the Me109's of Erich Hartman and Gerhard Barkhorn are seen engaging the attacking aircraft. Typical of this popular artist's style, the picture is filled with detail authentic to the period, and with prints signed by leading fighter aces, all of whom fought alongside Hartmann and Barkhorn in JG-52, this new limited edition print provides a fitting tribute to history's two highest scoring fighter aces for enthusiasts of the era to add to their collections.
Three Hundred Club by Nicolas Trudgian is signed by three of JG52's most outstanding fighter Aces:
Generalleutnant GÜNTHER RALL
Oberleutnant KURT SCHADE
Oberleutnant WALTER WOLFRUM.
Condition: We are selling this print on behalf of one of our collectors. It was purchased from ourselves in 2005 and has been stored dark and flat since. It is in mint condition with the exception of a crease in the lower border area - mainly in the white outer border but extending a little into the edge of the tinted border - in all other respects the print is perfect and the fault would not be visible when framed. The price reflects the fault - would normally be around £450. It is supplied with the original Certificate of Authenticity and the original 4 page sales brochure.
Note: the 'Nicolas Trudgian' logo on the bottom right of the image does not appear on the actual print itself.
37 x 24 inches overall including borders.
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