Return of the Hunters

Nicolas Trudgian



Nicolas Trudgian
Secondary Market Aviation Art

Return of the Hunters Nicolas Trudgian

As the war in Europe drew to its close, an elite group of Luftwaffe fighter pilots, undaunted by the over-whelming odds against survival, heralded In the new jet age in a final desperate attempt to defend their homeland. All were veteran combat pilots, most having flown continually since the Battles of France and Britain almost six years earlier. Many had completed upwards of 1000 combat missions, and even as Germany was fast falling to the Allied advances, these remarkable men refused to contemplate defeat. Roaring off the airfields of southern Germany with a sound hitherto unheard, Willie Messerschmitt's Me262 jet fighter was faster than anything that had flown before. Thrown into battle whilst still in development, the aircraft was a handful to fly effectively, but when it made its first bomber interceptions it bought immediate consternation to the Allied aircrews. In the hands of the most experienced fighter Aces the world has ever known, the Me262 was an instant success.

In his dramatic painting Nicholas Trudgian has recreated a typical scene from the final days of World War 2: Me262s of JG7 race back to their base at Brandenburg after intercepting a USAAF bomber raid on Munich, and Luftwaffe bases in the area. With rockets expended and fuel running low, they hug the Bavarian landscape to avoid the attentions of the American escort fighters. Below them a B-26, brought down on an earlier mission, has crash-landed in the fields still covered with a sprinkling of late winter snow. In the distance the afternoon sun glistens on the Bavarian Alpine mountains.

Each print in Nicolas Trudgian's Limited Edition, Return Of The Hunters, is signed by 3 high-scoring Luftwaffe Aces and exponents of the Me262: General Adolf Galland Major Erich Rudorffer Leutnant Fritz Tegtmeier.



Date of Issue : 1995

Edition Size : 1000 Signed and Numbered Prints.

Signatories : General Adolf Galland, Major Erich Rudorffer, Leutnant Fritz Tegtmeier.

Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall print size 33" x 25" Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.


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