"JG 54 GREEN HEARTS"

BY JERRY CRANDALL

Autographed by General Hannes Trautloft, Hans Ekkehard Bob, Franz Eisenach, Dietrich Hrabak, Fritz Tegtmeier and Gerhard Thyben. Signed and numbered by the artist.

L/E of 950

Size: 22 3/4" X 30"

Price: $195


Major Hannes Trautloft in his Bf 109 F-4 leads a flight of JG 54 Green Hearts aircraft over Rijelbitzy Airfield in Russia, summer 1942. Of the several known Messerschmitt Bf l09's used by Hannes Trautloft, this F-4 is the best photo documented machine. Color photos exist of an earlier P-2 with the all-yellow cowling and the single command chevron that he used during 1941. This F-4 flown by Trautloft during the Summer of 1942, features the armored windshield, the double command chevron with a short pointed bar and a long bar behind the cross. The large Green Heart emblem has a different arrangement of the Gruppen badges than other Trautloft aircraft. The white spinner has a 1/3 segment in black/green with 2 white rings. JG 54 was known for its non-standard camouflage schemes. This F-4 appears to have been painted in black-green/dark-green finish with yellow under cowling and under wing tips but does not have a yellow fuselage band.