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The Blond Knight by Robert Taylor.


The Blond Knight by Robert Taylor.

It is a record likely to stand for all time, Erich Hartmann's tally of 352 victories is more than any other pilot in history. Posted to JG52 over Russia in August 1942 his new Kommodore, Dieter Hrabak, placed the novice pilot under the guidance of Paule Rossman, one of the unit's most experienced and respected Aces. However, during his very first combat Hartmann became so disorientated that he got lost in cloud and ran out of fuel. His undoubted skill as a pilot enabled him to survive the inevitable crash-landing, but a few days later and just minutes after scoring his first ever victory, he was shot down - again crash-landing. This time he only just escaped from his burning aircraft before it exploded. Any other new pilot might have succumbed but Hartmann was made of sterner stuff and , with Rossman's help and guidance, it was not long before everyone in JG52 realised that he possessed exceptional skill. By the summer of 1943 the Blond Knight and his colleagues were flying up to six missions a day and having now perfected his technique, it was unusual for him to finish a day without a victory. Never claiming to be an expert marksman, his approach, which took nerves of steel and great flying skills, was to get as close to his enemy as possible before opening fire at the last minute. Often flying head on, the risks of collision and damage were great - of the sixteen times Hartmann was brought down, eight were as a result of flying into the debris of his victim! Hartmann's 352 victories were achieved with JG52 - all except one. It happened during a brief two week spell at the beginning of February 1945 when the top Ace was placed in temporary command of I./JG53. His new unit were based in Hungary where German Army Group South was in bitter retreat and the fighting was as tough and relentless as ever. The Blond Knightportrays Erich Hartmann climbing out of his Bf109 G-6 at Weszperem's snow-covered airfield after returning from another arduous mission leading Stab I./JG53 with whom, on 4th February he downed a Yak-9. It was his 337th victory.
Item Code : DHM6539The Blond Knight by Robert Taylor. - This Edition
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PRINTSigned limited edition of 375 prints.

Paper size 32 inches x 24 inches (83cm x 61cm) Image size 25.5 inches x 16 inches (65cm x 42cm) Pflaum, Hubert-Ludwig
Schlossstein, Karl-Fritz
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


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Other editions of this item : The Blond Knight by Robert Taylor. DHM6539
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Limited edition of 25 artist proofs. Paper size 32 inches x 24 inches (83cm x 61cm) Image size 25.5 inches x 16 inches (65cm x 42cm) Pflaum, Hubert-Ludwig
Schlossstein, Karl-Fritz
+ Artist : Robert Taylor
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PRESENTATIONHartmann Tribute edition of 10 prints.

Supplied with a mounted original drawing signed by four addition pilots, and matted to include the signatures of three more Luftwaffe Aces, including Erich Hartmann.
Paper size 32 inches x 24 inches (83cm x 61cm) Image size 25.5 inches x 16 inches (65cm x 42cm) Pflaum, Hubert-Ludwig
Schlossstein, Karl-Fritz
Rall, Gunther (companion print)
Bosch, Oskar (companion print)
Marquardt, Heinz (companion print)
Broch, Hugo (companion print)
Haibock, Josef (matted on companion print)
Losigkeit, Fritz (matted on companion print)
Hartmann, Erich (matted on companion print)
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REMARQUELimited edition of 15 remarques. Paper size 32 inches x 24 inches (83cm x 61cm) Image size 25.5 inches x 16 inches (65cm x 42cm) Pflaum, Hubert-Ludwig
Schlossstein, Karl-Fritz
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REMARQUELimited edition of 10 double remarques. Paper size 32 inches x 24 inches (83cm x 61cm) Image size 25.5 inches x 16 inches (65cm x 42cm) Pflaum, Hubert-Ludwig
Schlossstein, Karl-Fritz
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*The value given for each signature has been calculated by us based on the historical significance and rarity of the signature. Values of many pilot signatures have risen in recent years and will likely continue to rise as they become more and more rare.
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Hauptmann Karl-Fritz Schlossstein
*Signature Value : £35

Karl-Fritz Schlossstein initially flew Me110 heavy destroyers with JG5, when th Group first arrived in Norway in 1942 to provide air cover for the convoys supplying the rapidly increasing German garrison in that country. He commanded 13(Z)/JG5 from the summer of 1942 to June 1943, and then converted to fly Me109s. Later in Norway he flew the Me410 Hornet with ZG76, but finished the war with JG54 Greenhearts flying Fw190s in the Defence of the Reich.


Stabsgefreiter Hubert-Lufwig Pflaum
*Signature Value : £25

After joining the Luftwaffe and completing his flight training, he originally flew Heinkel 111 bombers with IV./KG 27 Boelcke. Towards the end of the war, however, he transferred to train as a fighter pilot, and after qualifying joined II./JG53 PikAs where he flew Bf109s with 6 Staffel in the Defence of the Reich.

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