Hannes Trautloft is one of the Luftwaffe's great fighter leaders, scoring his first air victory in the Spanish Civil War in August 1936. Returning to Germany in 1937 he joined the national aerobatics team flying the Me109. Soon after the outbreak of World War II, Hannes took command of I./JG20 taking part in the Battle of Britain, before moving to the Balkans as Kommodore of JG54. Now leading the group on the Russian Front, JG54 took part in the heavy fighting, first in the Me109, then the Fw190. In the summer of 1943 Hannes Trautloft joined General Galland's staff. As a 'mutineer' he was sacked by Goering, thus ending an illustrious combat career comprising 550 combat missions and 57 aerial victories.
Nicolas Trudgian's fine painting shows Trautloft's Fw190 bringing down a Russian Petlyakov Pe-2 on the Eastern Front in 1943.
Signed and numbered Limited Edition print. Double-matted with original signature of Hannes Trautloft.
Overall matt size: 25" wide x 19 3/8" high.
Print size: 18" wide x 12" high.