SALUTE TO THE BRAVE - Framed with Multiple Signatures
Luftwaffe Ace Franz Stigler declines to destroy a seemingly defenceless and battered B-17 from the 379th BG as it limps home following a raid on Bremen, 20 December 1943. Having assessed the critical state of the Fortress flown by 2nd Lt Charlie Brown, and glimpsed some of the badly wounded men through gaping holes in the fuselage, Stigler decides to escort the bomber to the North Sea coast on a heading for England. In a final act of chivalry, the German pilot looked across at his American counterpart and raised a gloved hand in salute before swinging his aircraft away.
Stigler never reported the incident. Had he done so he would in all probability have been shot as a traitor yet many years later, through serendipity and good fortune, both men would meet again and become firm friends.
Making this copy even more special, our expert framing team have included EIGHT original signatures in the matting - four highly-regarded Bf109 Luftwaffe Aces and four famous B-17 USAAF Pilots:
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- Generalleutnant Günther Rall KC with Oak Leaves and Swords
- Generalleutnant Walter Krupinski KC with Oak Leaves
- Generalleutnant Adolf Galland KC with Oak Leaves Swords and Diamonds
- Major Erich Rudorffer KC with Oak Leaves and Swords
- Colonel William Lawley MOH
- Colonel Harry Mumford
- Captain Alvin Brown
- General Robert Burns
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