Signed by Hannes Trautloft.
L/E of 250. Signed and numbered by the artist.
Size: 25" x 19 3/8"
One of the Luftwaffe's great fighter leaders, Hannes Trautloft scored his first aerial vistory in the Spanish Civil War in August, 1936. Returning to Germany in 1937, he joined the national aerobatic team flying the ME-109. Soon after the outbreak of World War II, Trautloft took command of I./JG20, taking part in the Battle of Britain before moving to the Balkans as Kommodore of JG54. Leading the group on the Russian Front, he was involved in heavy fighting while flying the ME-109, then the FW-190. IN the summer of 1943, Trautloft joined General Adolf Galland's staff. As a "mutineer" he was sacked by Goering, thus ending an illustrious combat career comprising 550 combat missions and 57 aerial victories.
Nicolas Trudgian's fine painting shows Trautloft's FW-190 bringing down a Russian Petlyakov PE-2 on the Eastern Front in 1943.