Includes a matching-numbered copy of the book Luftwaffe Aces in the Battle of Britain by author and historian Chris Goss which includes a bookplate signed by the respected fighter leader depicted in Robert’s piece who also features in the book; Generalleutnant ADOLF GALLAND.
For over three months in the long hot summer of 1940, the cream of Goering’s much-vaunted Luftwaffe duelled daily with RAF Fighter Command. Over the skies of southern England, Spitfires and Hurricanes battled with their main adversary – the Messerschmitt Bf109 – the longest-serving, most durable German fighter of the war whose pilots and fighting abilities would earn the lasting respect of Fighter Command.
Often disadvantaged by having to fight at the extremity of the fighter’s limited range – sometimes allowing them no more than 10 minutes of actual combat – the Bf109 pilots fought with an impressive array of battle- hardened tactics honed in Spain, and the battles of Poland and France, and undisputed courage. They were, however, stymied in their actions by Goering, who liked to blame his fighter pilots for his own shortcomings. To their frustration, at the beginning of September he’d ordered the fighters to stick close to the bombers, but in doing so he squandered the Bf109s main assets – speed and manoeuvrability.
Signed on the print by:
Oberstleutnant HUGO DAHMER - Knight’s Cross – 57 victories
Hauptmann WOLF-DIETRICH HUY - Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves – 40 victories
Leutnant HERMANN NEUHOFF - Knight’s Cross – 40 victories
Major ERICH RUDORFFER - Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords – 222 victories