MOST MEMORABLE DAY - limited edition
Artist: Robert Taylor | Copies: 1000
Me109 Most Memorable Day
Flying my Me109 in the afternoon I foolishly took off alone to intercept a second incursion north of Boulogne. Before joining up with my squadrons I sighted a Spitfire formation below and attacked a single aircraft, shooting at very close range. It promptly exploded. Unprotected from the rear, my Me109 received hits from a second Spitfire. I got splinters in my head and arm, and with fuel burning in the cockpit, was forced to bail out.
I was unable to jettison the canopy and, trying to climb out with it hanging open, my parachute became caught in the rear section. Flames were now blowing over me and just as I was about to take off my chute, somehow the radio mast saved me and I was out.
After some treatment, relaxing over a glass of brandy and a cigar, I learned I had been awarded Swords to the Knight's Cross - and a order directly from Hitler forbidding me to fly any more combat missions for the time being."
Robert Taylor, the world's acknowledged master of aviation art, relives General Adolf Galland's personal account of the combat at noon on June 21, 1941. In this superb painting, the third and final one in his renowned Galland Trilogy, Adolf Galland is seen powering his Me109 through the leading formation of Blenheims, raking the lead aircraft with cannon fire. In the background a fierce dogfight is developing between the Me109s of JG-26 and Spitfires of 303 Squadron. Losses and victories will be high on both sides today - Adolf Galland's Most Memorable Day.
Overall Print Size: 33" wide x 25 1/4" high
THE LIMITED EDITION 1000 Prints signed by 4 Me 109 Luftwaffe Aces
Joining Robert Taylor in signing each print individually are
GENERAL ADOLF GALLAND
OBERST JOHANNES NEWMANN
MAJOR GERHARD SCHOPFEL
HAUPTMANN OTTO STAMMBERGER