SALUTE TO THE BRAVE - Framed Remarque
by Anthony Saunders
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.
This unique copy has been enhanced with an original pencil remarque in the lower border and expertly framed to include four original autographs - two highly-regarded Luftwaffe Aces plus two famous B-17 aircrew:
- Generalleutnant Adolf Galland KC with Oak Leaves Swords and Diamonds
- Major Erich Rudorffer KC with Oak Leaves and Swords
- Lieutenant Colonel Robert Gossman
- Lieutenant Colonel Henry 'Hank' Cervantes
- Framed Prints
- 30.5 x 25.5 inches
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