|Victory in Defeat|
|Size 26 x 28|
|Military Aviation Art
War Two ended in Europe on May 8, 1945. Despite all efforts to defend the
Reich, Germany was finally defeated. Her armed forces including the
Luftwaffe, had fought a bitter fight to the end. But on the morning of
May, the 8th it was all over. Well, almost, but not quite. At 07:00 hours
no official word of surrender had been received at the Luftwaffe airfield
near Deutsch-Brod in Czechoslovakia, where JG 52 was stationed under the
command of Erich Hartmann. At dawn on this historic morning Hartmann, out
of habit climbed into the cockpit of his Me 109G to fly the first mission
of the day. After he had taken off into what was a beautiful early spring
day he routinely patrolled the skies in the vicinity of the airfield to
check for enemy aircraft that might pose a threat to his unit and
airfield. He didn't have to search for long. A few minutes into the flight
he spotted what was at first only a small black speck on his windscreen.
Flying towards it, the speck quickly became larger until it had grown into
the clearly distinguishable shape of a Soviet Yak 9, bright red star and
all. Hartmann didn't hesitate. With the experience of 351 aerial victories
behind him this unlucky Russian quickly became his 352nd and last victory.
print is conservation mounted in corners on a back plate. A further filler
and colour matched double matting gives a three dimensional effect. The
top matt features three cutouts to show the print's title and a replica of
the Luftwaffe day fighter pilot clasp in gold.