CHANGE TO THE FLIGHT PLAN
by Robert Taylor
Only SEVENTEEN copies of this memorable edition are available worldwide!
With a tank-busting Ju87G Stuka behind him re-armed and ready for action, Oberst Hans-Ulrich Rudel, Geschwaderkommodore of SG2, identifies some last minute changes to the flight plan during the concluding months of 1945.
On 1 January 1945 newly promoted
Rudel was not a typical Luftwaffe Ace. Seeing action exclusively on the Eastern Front, he was primarily a Stuka pilot responsible for destroying over 500 Russian tanks, 150 pieces of artillery, some 800 enemy vehicles and four armoured trains along with the destruction of a Russian battleship, a cruiser, a destroyer and 70 landing craft. In addition to numerous bridges, bunkers and roads demolished he and his gunner claimed over 50 aerial victories. His flying career encompassed a record-breaking 2,530 combat missions in which he was shot down by ground fire over 30 times. His list of wounds included the amputation of his right leg below the knee in February 1945 yet, not to be deterred, he returned to combat flying just six weeks later.
Alongside his impressive record as a Stuka dive-bombing Ace, Rudel would pioneer a new lease of life for the ageing Ju87, developing it into a formidable ground-attack tank- buster by equipping it with two 37mm flak guns slung under the wings. It is one of these Stuka tank-busters that forms the backdrop to Robert Taylor’s detailed drawing
Faithfully reproduced as a high quality giclée fine art print on textured velvet paper, the historical importance of this extremely limited edition is highlighted by the inclusion of the rare and hard-to-come-by original autograph of the legendary Ace depicted. Alongside are the original autographs of a further four eminent Luftwaffe veterans who flew Stukas during the war, including one of Rudel’s wingmen.
The Veteran's Edition
Only 17 copies are available worldwide, with every print signed, numbered and hand-titled by Robert himself. Only then is each copy mounted to full conservation standards to include a museum-quality reproduction Luftwaffe Breast Eagle and a total of FIVE veteran signatures:
- Oberst Hans-Ulrich Rudel KC with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds
- Oberleutnant Helmut Fickel KC
- Major Franz Kieslich KW with Oak Leaves
- Oberst Kurt Kuhlmey
- Oberstleutnant Hans-Karl Stepp
- 25.25 x 19.5 inches
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