Hunters at Dawn
Gerhard Barkhorn leading the Stab's Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 of II./JG52
The art print 'Hunters at Dawn' by aviation artist Robert Taylor features Hauptmann Gerhard Barkhorn, Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG52. The great Ace, flying his Bf109 G- 6, leads the Stab as they climb out from their base near the Black Sea, early November 1943. The crisp air of day break is temporarily punctuated by the roar of Daimler-Benz engines as the deadly Messerschmitt flghters set off on their daily hunt for Soviet aircraft over the front line. The legendary Gruppenkommandeur was by now close to his 200th victory, a feat he achieved on 30 November 1943. Even then little did he or his comrades know that this was only a temporary milestone in his exceptional combat career – although the enemy might have feared it.
This print is part of a stunning portfolio dedicated to the two highest scoring flghter pilots of all time, the legendary Gerhard Barkhorn and Erich Hartmann. Both men who shot down more than 300 enemy aircraft and therefore became known as the most exclusive club in the history of air combat - the 'Three Hundred Club!'
- 375 Limited Edition. In tribute to this great Ace the edition is signed by iconic Luftwaffe Aces who flew on the Russian Front:
Oberfeldwebel WILLI RESCHKE. Knight's Cross, 27 victories
Leutnant HUGO BROCH, Knight's Cross, 81 victories
- 25 Artist's Proof, signed as above
- 15 Remarques, signed as above
- 10 Double-Remarques, signed as above (subject to availability)
- 10 Barkhorn Tribute Edition (subject to availability)
Each print is issued with an original pencil work specially created by Robert Taylor. The drawing is signed by three Luftwaffe fighter Aces and conservation matted to include the original signatures of three more - including Gerhard Barkhorn. The Aces included in this historic edition amassed a staggering total of 1012 victories between them:
Major HANS-EKKEHARD BOB, Knight's Cross, 60 victories
Oberleutnant WALTER SCHUCK, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, 206 victories
Oberleutnant WALTER WOLFRUM, Knight's Cross, 137 victories
The matted Signatures:
Major FRANZ EISENACH, Knight's Cross, 129 victories
Oberleutnant ADOLF GLUNZ, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, 71 victories
Major GERHARD BARKHORN, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords, 301 victories
Published November 2016
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