by Nicolas Trudgian
One of the Luftwaffe’s great fighter leaders, Hannes Trautloft
scored his first air victory in the Spanish Civil War in August 1936.
Returning to Germany in1937 he joined the national aerobatics team flying
the Me109.Soon after the outbreak of World War II, Hannes took command
of 1./JG20 taking part in the Battle of Britain, before moving to the
Balkens as Kommodore of JG54. Now leading the group on the Russian Front,
JG54 took part in the heavy fighting, ekjeefirst in the Me109 then in
the Fw190. In the summer of 1943 Hannes Trautloft joined General Galland’s
staff. As a ‘mutineer he was sacked by Göering, thus ending
an illustrious combat career comprising 550 combat missions and 57 victories.
Overall matt size: 25 inches wide x 19 1/4 inches high.
Signed in pencil by the artist Nicolas Trudgian and Luftwaffe Ace: Generalleutnant Hannes Trauloft.
All prints double matted (mounted)
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