A POWERFUL PIECE FROM ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST COLLECTIBLE AVIATION ARTISTS. The Defense of the Reich, early 1945 and P-51 Mustangs of the 357th Fighter Group have spotted a group of Bf109s heading their way. Without hesitation they dive head-on in an attempt to break-up the enemy formation and for the pilots on both sides the explosive encounter of close combat is suddenly upon them. It had begun; the end game was inexorably in play. The final defeat of Germany and the end of Nazi tyranny was almost within sight but in the skies over Germany the defiant remnants of the Luftwaffe fought on with savage determination.
Ever since the long-range American P-51 escort fighters had first appeared, the skies over the Reich had witnessed grim encounters with the Mustangs taking on the Luftwaffe as they tried to stop the heavy bombers of the USAAF reaching their targets. By early 1945 it was a losing battle, but still the Luftwaffe fought on and, in the resulting maelstrom of combat, the Mustang pilots still had their work cut out against these battle hardened, expert pilots. Reproduced from an original pencil drawing by Robert Taylor, this powerful print is individually numbered and personally signed by the artist along with a staggering SIXTEEN Fighter Pilots who flew on both sides of the Defense of the Reich.
357th Fighter Group / 16 ¼ victories. 357th Fighter Group / 5 victories. Knights Cross - JG54 / 81 victories.Knights Cross - 137 victories. Knights Cross with Oak Leaves & Swords - 275 victories. 31st Fighter Group/ 13 victories. 10th Photo Recon Group /14 ½ victories. 325th Fighter Group / 8 victories.
20th Fighter Group / 4 victories. 31st Fighter Group / 2 victories.Iron Cross - NJG 11 / 4 victories. Iron Cross - JG5 / 3 victories.
Knights Cross - 4 victories. Matted & framed pieces are packed in our custom made boxes. YOUR PIECE OF MIND: As a reputable company, if any issues do arise we don't expect our customers to deal with it. Please note: The signatures on our pieces are not reproductions; they are original autographs, hand-signed by the veterans involved.