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Presents
JV-44 Galland's Eagles
 

Background

At the age of 30, following four years of combat the charismatic Adolf Galland had risen to the position of General der Jagdflieger. When he tested the revolutionary Me-262 jet in May 1943, at a time when the war was already pressing back onto the Reich itself, General Galland called it "our fighter pilot's greatest hope".

Yet through political bungling and strategic ineptitude in the highest echelons, the air war had turned into a disaster for Germany by late 1944. A scapegoat had to be found so the outspoken Galland was dismissed - an outrageous action that precipitated the ensuing "Mutiny of the Kommodores". It was then that Galland and his crowd of exiles were ordered to form Jagdverband 44 to fly the Me-262 in Defense of the Reich during the final months of the war.

So it came to be that this remarkable unit whose highly decorated members were the cream of the Luftwaffe's fighter pilots and whose unofficial unit insignia was the Knight's Cross were to stand shoulder-to-shoulder against the final onslaught of the Allied air forces.

In this intensely researched new work, Mike Howard has pieced together this part of history to depict a scene from the flightline at Munchen-Rhiem, JV-44's airbase. This day the General did not fly, but he is anxious to hear of the outcome of this last sortie of the day. He greets the returning Eagles - Obertsleutnant Heinz Bar, the top scoring Me-262 ace, and Hauptmann Walter Krupinski of JG-52 fame, as Oberts Johannes Steinhoff and Gunther Lutzow approach. Major Gerhard Barkhorn observes. Behind the group looms a Me-262A-1a/U5 - the only prototype mounting six 30mm cannons flown by Obertsleutnant Bar, while Major Willi Herget screams overhead in a 50mm cannon armed Me-262A-1a/U4.

Accompanying the main print is a colour Companion Print showing the colourful FW-190Ds that were used to fly protective cover for the Me-262s during their vulnerable takeoffs and landings. The Generals' Portfolio has an additional B&W Companion Print of a pencil drawing which shows General Galland conferring with his friend Hauptmann Krupinski as they await the return of the last kette.

Print Specifications

Main Print:

"JV-44 Galland's Eagles" Limited Edition Print
Limited to 1150 Prints, Certificate of Authenticity provided
Full colour, 33" (width) x 27" (height)
Printed on 300gsm archival paper with fade resistant inks
 

Colour Companion Print:

"Papagei" Limited Edition Colour Companion Print
Limited to 1150 Prints
Full colour, 18" (width) x 12" (height)
Printed on 250gsm archival paper with fade resistant inks
 

Black & White Companion Print:

"Galland Portrait" Limited Edition Black & White Companion Print
Limited to 1150 Prints
Black & White, 25" (width) x 17" (height)
Printed on 250gsm archival paper with fade resistant inks


Standard Edition

"JV-44 Galland's Eagles" Limited Edition Print
signed by Leutnant Walter Schuck and Artist and and numbered
"Papagei" Limited Edition Colour Companion Print
initialed by Artist and numbered

Limited to 650 Editions
Price: US$95.00 plus shipping


Artist's Proof

"JV-44 Galland's Eagles" Limited Edition Print
signed by Leutnant Walter Schuck and Artist and and numbered
"Papagei" Limited Edition Colour Companion Print
initialed by Artist and numbered

Limited to 50 Proofs
Price: US$145.00 plus shipping


Generals' Portfolios Remarque

"JV-44 Galland's Eagles" Limited Edition Print
signed by General Gunther Rall, Leutnant Walter Schuck and Artist and numbered
"Papagei" Limited Edition Colour Companion Print
signed by Friedrich Obleser and initialed by Artist and numbered
"Galland Portrait" Limited Edition Black & White Companion Print
signed by Walter Krupinski and initialed by Artist and numbered

Limited to 25 Remarques
Price: US$345.00 plus shipping


Generals' Portfolios Edition

"JV-44 Galland's Eagles" Limited Edition Print
signed by General Gunther Rall, Leutnant Walter Schuck and Artist and numbered
"Papagei" Limited Edition Colour Companion Print
signed by Friedrich Obleser and initialed by Artist and numbered
"Galland Portrait" Limited Edition Black & White Companion Print
signed by Walter Krupinski and initialed by Artist and numbered

Limited to 425 Editions
Price: US$245.00 plus shipping

 





 



 

 

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