Flug zum Absprungplatz

Mark Postlethwaite





Flug zum Absprungplatz Mark Postlethwaite

Junkers Ju188s of I/KG6 transiting from Chièvres, Belgium to Münster-Handorf before their night bombing raid on London 15th October 1943.

On the night of 15th October 1943, I/KG6 was tasked with its first major operational sortie against the British mainland. The Junkers 188s were loaded with bombs at their forward base of Chièvres but then had to make a transit flight to Münster-Handorf in order to refuel. As night fell, five aircraft departed Münster-Handorf and headed for London. The first off was Hauptmann Helmuth Waldecker in 3E - BL closely followed by Leutnant Karl Geyr in 3E - HH. Geyr and his crew flew low level to the Dutch coast and then climbed to 20,000 to follow a Knickebein beam towards Harwich. After following a deliberately erratic course to confuse night fighters, they dropped their bombs on London and headed for home.

Within minutes of dropping their bombs however, their Junkers Ju188 was hit by flak, ten minutes later one of the crew spotted the dark shape of a De Havilland Mosquito night fighter moving across the night sky. Immediately four bursts of cannon fire ripped into their aircraft and their fate was sealed. With the fuel tanks on fire and all but the pilot wounded, the aircraft spun out of control and crashed near Birchington in Kent,
only the pilot, Karl Geyr, survived.



Signed and Numbered Edition

The edition is signed by the Artist Mark Postlethwaite and countersigned by Leutnant Karl Geyr, pilot and sole survivor of the lead Junkers Ju188.


Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 24" x 17" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

To complement the purchase of your fine art print, we are now able to offer a professional Picture Framing service. For further details please click Here



Signed and Numbered Print
UK £75.00 Edition Size - 350


Currency converter xe.com
When ordering remarque and artist proof editions, we recommend you email us first to advise on delivery details.
The Aviation Art Gallery accept most major credit and debit cards. Place your order online, or by telephone. If you wish to pay by cheque, or fax your order, please download our printable order form here.


Tel: Overseas


Prices listed are per individual aircraft print (unframed). All prices are in U.K. Pounds Sterling.
We deliver Worldwide and accept most major currencies through secure online ordering. You may view your current exchange rate by clicking the link at the top of this page.


Helpful information regarding our Limited Edition Prints

Limited edition print:

An edition of identical prints, numbered sequentially and individually signed by the artist, having a stated limit to the quantity in the edition. Following publication the printing plates are destroyed. Almost all the aviation art and aircraft prints featured on this website are authenticated with the original signatures of distinguished military personnel.

Artists Proof:

An old tradition of reserving a quantity of prints for the artist's use, usually equal to about 10 % of the edition. In the early days of printing, these prints were the only remuneration the poor artist received. Proofs are signed by the artist and numbered showing the quantity of Artist's Proofs issued in the edition. Because of their highly restricted number, Artist's Proofs are sold at a higher value than the regular prints in the edition.

Publishers Proof:

A quantity of prints, not always announced or issued at the time of publication, usually equal to no more than 10% of the edition. These are reserved for the publisher's use, mostly for donation to Museums, Service establishments, Service Associations, and the like. Quantities of Publishers Proofs, sometimes issued with a supplementary print, may be made available to collectors either at the time of publication, or at a later date, depending upon availability.

Remarqued print:

A print issued with an original pencil drawing by the artist in the margin, each numbered out of the quantity of individually remarqued prints in the edition. The quantity of remarqued prints in any one edition generally is between 25 and 50. Each remarque drawing made by the artist is slightly different, thus making each print totally unique. Remarqued prints may be available at the time of publication, or announced at a later date, depending upon the artist's work load at the time .Please be aware that Remarque prints can take up to six weeks for delivery. An artist remarqued print is the ultimate collector item in terms of reproduced work.

Companion print:

An additional print, usually issued with smaller dimensions, published to compliment a limited edition, and usually issued at the same time.

Matted (or mounted) print:

A print fitted into an acid-free or conservation matt (or mount), ready for framing.

Original drawing:

An original work individually drawn by the artist, completed in pencil, ink, or other medium, and personally signed by the artist. Being an original work each drawing is unique and different.

Certificate of Authenticity:

A certificate issued by the publisher stating the total quantity of prints issued in the edition, confirming authenticity of the signatures, and in the case of a limited edition, inscribed with the matching unique number inscribed on the individual print. Collectors are advised to keep certificates safely as a future means of provenance. All our aviation art and aircraft prints are issued with a certificate of authenticity.



© 2020 Aviation Art Gallery
Limited edition aviation art and aircraft prints from the worlds leading artists

Site map