Hans Joachim Marseille - Bf 109F 2Z Trop
Hans Joachim Marseille in the Bf 109F-2Z Trop No. 14 of JG 27
The aviation art print 'Hans Joachim Marseille' by Jerry Crandall depicts 'Jochen" Marseille in the Bf 109F-2Z trop No. 14 of JG 27. He was considered by some of his contemporaries to be the most talented pilot in the Luftwaffe. General Adolf Galland even referred to him as the 'unequaled virtuoso of all fighter pilots'. After a shaky beginning, enlisting at the age of 18 and with discipline problems, he achieved 7 victories in the Battle of Britain but was in turn shot down four times. In April 1941 he was sent to Africa to fly with I./JG 27. Marseille soon developed his shooting ability and in conjunction with his fearless flying became the 'Star of Africa'. With a reputation of being a rebel to military discipline and a ladies' man, plus his uncanny exploits as a fighter pilot, he became a national hero to the German people. His accomplishments have become legend. On 1st September 1942, he shot down 17 British fighters on three missions, 8 aircraft in 10 minutes. Many times he had multiple victories, eventually to become the most successful Luftwaffe pilot to fly against Western opponents. He was awarded Germany's highest honor, the Knight's Cross with Oakleaves, Swords and Diamonds.
- 750 signed and numbered by the Artist
- 50 Artist's Proofs signed by the Artist
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