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Jet Interceptor by Nicolas Trudgian. (B) -

Jet Interceptor by Nicolas Trudgian. (B)

Jet Interceptor by Nicolas Trudgian. (B)

Herbert Ihlefelds personal He162 White 23 - the revolutionary Heinkel Peoples Fighter - on patrol with JG1.This aircraft was captured intact and is today preserved in the National Air & Space Museum in Washington DC.

Published 2000.
Item Code : DHM2441BJet Interceptor by Nicolas Trudgian. (B) - This Edition
PRINTLimited edition of publishers proofs.

Paper size 18 inches x 12 inches (46cm x 31cm) Wollenweber, Wolgang
+ Artist : Nicolas Trudgian

Signature(s) value alone : £45
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Other editions of this item : Jet Interceptor by Nicolas Trudgian.DHM2441
PRINT Signed limited edition of 250 prints, supplied double matted.

Last 40 copies available of this sold out edition.
Paper size 18 inches x 12 inches (46cm x 31cm) Ihlefeld, Herbert (matted)
+ Artist : Nicolas Trudgian

Signature(s) value alone : £55
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Limited edition of 50 artist proofs, supplied double matted.

We have 4 prints left of this edition, now with an additional signature.
Paper size 18 inches x 12 inches (46cm x 31cm) Ihlefeld, Herbert (matted)
Wollenweber, Wolgang
+ Artist : Nicolas Trudgian

Signature(s) value alone : £100
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Wollenweber signature edition of 20 artist proofs from the edition of 50 artist proofs. Paper size 18 inches x 12 inches (46cm x 31cm) Wollenweber, Wolgang
+ Artist : Nicolas Trudgian

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PRINTWollenweber signature edition of 30 prints from the signed limited edition of 250 prints. Paper size 18 inches x 12 inches (46cm x 31cm). Wollenweber, Wolgang
+ Artist : Nicolas Trudgian

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Oberleutnant Wolfgang Wollenweber
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After his flight training Wolfgang was transferred to JG5 in the Arctic where he flew the Me110 on escort missions over the North Atlantic, Murmansk and Russia, he was then awarded the Iron Cross First Class. After this he retrained on the Fw190 fighter aircraft and rocket fighter Me163. Wolfgang flew the Heinkel He162 as a Squadron Leader of the first jet fighter squadron. This revolutionary jet was demanding even for the most experienced pilots, many of them did not survive, but miraculously he survived 14 missions on this aircraft.

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Cape Malyj-Korabelnye, Russia, 18th August 1943.  While escorting Fw190s to attack Soviet shipping, ObLt. Schuck's flight of Me109G2s from 8./JG5 attacked the four Soviet Hurricanes of 78 IAP/VVS which were on patrol over the boats.  The Soviet formation leader, Mladshiy Leytenant Valeriy Kiritshenko, ordered his men to form a defensive Lufbery circle but this proved inadequate protection against Schucks determined attack.  Breaking into the Ring he first downed Kitshenko, and then pursued and shot down a second Hurricane.

Breaking the Ring by David Pentland.
 As 1944 drew to a close, Hitler made his final gamble of the war, mounting a massive strike force aimed at splitting the Allies forces advancing upon Germany. His armour, supported from the air, would rip through the Ardennes to Antwerp, capture the Allied fuel supplies, and cut off all the opposing forces to the north. Hitlers commanders were dubious of the outcome but nevertheless obeyed orders, and the operation was launched on 16th December. Allied intelligence had discounted any German counter-offensive and the initial wave, comprising 8 Panzer divisions, took the Allied forces completely by surprise. A parachute drop of English-speaking German soldiers in American uniforms behind the assault zone added to the confusion. Advancing some 30 miles, and almost in sight of the River Meuse, by 26th December the SS Panzers had ground to a halt with empty fuel tanks, and were at the mercy of Allied counter-attacks. By 16th January the German penetration was repulsed and Hitlers beloved Panzer units retreated in tatters. The Fuhrers last gamble had failed. Fw190s of JG1 provide close support to the 9th SS Panzer Division, as they spearhead Germanys final major offensive of World War II. Seen advancing on the 82nd Airborne Division, the King Tiger tanks, with the aid of Luftwaffe ground-attack fighters, drive the Americans back through the snowy fields of the Ardennes on Christmas Day, 1944. It was the last, short-lived and ultimately unsuccessful advance made by the German forces during World War II.

Ardennes Offensive by Nicolas Trudgian. (FLY)
 The pilots of I Gruppe JG-1 were up early on August 17th 1943.  It was high summer, and even as the first streaks of light appeared in the sky to the east, four pilots got airborne out of Deelan, Holland, and headed for the coast.  It was the first routine reconnaissance  of the morning.  By 0730 German listening services were picking up signals indicating large formations of enemy aircraft assembling to the west of Great Yarmouth, south east England.  By 0800 it was clear to the German interceptor fighter groups stationed in Holland that this was going to be no ordinary day.  Shortly after 0930 the first wave of a force of some 375 B-17s and B-24s, heavily escorted by fighters, started crossing the Dutch coast south of the Scheldt estuary, their destination Schweinfurt and Regensburg.  They were shadowed by the German fighters of 1, 2 and 3 Gruppe along thei entire route over Europe.  When the Allied fighter escort turned back at the limit of their range, the Luftwaffe fighters made their attack.  It was the start of a day of incessant aerial combat which raged all the wway across Holland, Belgium and Germany, and all the way back to the coast again as the Americans returned to England.  It was one of the longest air-to-air battles of the war and became known by the Luftwaffe pilots as the day of the fighters.

Day of the Fighters by Nicolas Trudgian. (B)
 Even the most faithful of Messerschmitt Me 109 pilots that also flew the Focke-Wulf Fw190 grudgingly admitted the well-proportioned and aesthetically pleasing Fw190 was the finest single-seat fighter in the Luftwaffes armoury during World War II. Soon after its arrival on the Channel Front in 1941, when initial bugs were ironed out, this superb fighter came close to fighter design perfection by the standards of the day. Just as the Mk IX Spitfire held the mantle as Britains most outstanding combat fighter of the war, so was the Fw190 regarded by experienced Luftwaffe pilots. Within months of its operational debut the Fw190 was causing widespread consternation among RAF pilots, the new fighter equal to the Mk IX Spitfire in all but its ability in the tightest of turning circles. By 1944 the technically superb Fw190 came into its own in the great air battles against the USAAFs massed daylight raids. The defence of the Reichs western airspace rested on the shoulders of a few Jagdgschwarden who, against steadily increasing odds, were tasked with interception and destruction of the attacking American heavy bombers. Flying alongside the two established Channel fighter wings JG2 Richthofen and JG26 Schlageter, equipped with Fw190s and led by the great fighter ace Oberst Walter Oesau, JG1 joined the battle in defence of northern Germany. Nicolas Trudgians painting Storm Chasers depicts the Fw190As of I./JG1, distinguished by their distinctive black and white striped cowls, scrambling from the snow-covered Dortmund airfield on 10 February 1944 to intercept another inbound American daylight raid. Nicks dramatic view of this technically supreme fighter conveys its true class as it hurtles over the airfield, its undercarriage retracting as the Fw190 accelerates into the climb. Below, sharing the airfield with I./JGI, are the Fw190s of the newly formed Sturmstaffel 1, identified by their black-white-black tail bands, seen taxiing out to join in the interception. Despite bad weather conditions the Luftwaffes defending fighters scored heavily that day, inflicting severe losses on the Americans, claiming 29 bombers and 8 fighters shot down in the action.

Storm Chasers by Nicolas Trudgian. (FLY)

The Aircraft :
He162Heinkel He 162 Volksjäger Known as the peoples Fighter, named after the Volksstrum was a single-engine, jet-powered fighter aircraft built by Germany for the Luftwaffe at the end of World War Two. Designed and built quickly, and made primarily of wood as metals were in very short supply and prioritized for other aircraft, the He162 was nevertheless the fastest of the first jets that flew in the Luftwaffe and faster than the first Allied jet fighters. Volksjäger was the Reich Air Minstrys official name for the He162. The He162 was also well known by another name - the Salamander, which was the codename of its construction program, and Spatz (Sparrow), which was the name given to the plane by the builders Heinkel. In February 1945 the He162 began operations with deliveries of the He 162 to its first operational unit, I./JG 1 The He 162s only had 30-minute fuel capacity which caused problems, as at least two of JG 1s pilots were killed attempting emergency landings after exhausting their fuel.

Battle of Britain History Timeline : 31st July
31July1940Blenheim R3895 Mk.IV , RT-?, - Shot down by fighters of JG77. Squadron Leader M N M Kennedy taken prisoner, Pilot Officer J P B Hanlon taken prisoner, Sergeant G Reinhart injured.
31July1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O H. R. Gunn of 74 Squadron, was Killed.
31July1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt E. Waite of 29 Squadron, was Killed.
31July1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. F. W. Eley of 74 Squadron, was Killed.
31July1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. J. B. Thompson of 25 Squadron, was Killed.
31July1940Feldwebel Ernst Buder of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
31July1940Feldwebel Helmut Karstädt of JG 54 shot down a Blenheim
31July1940Hauptmann Horst Tietzen of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
31July1940Leutnant Erich Hohagen of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
31July1940Leutnant Heinrich Tornow of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
31July1940Leutnant of the Reserves Albert von Schwerin of I./Kampfgeschwader 26 was awarded the Knight's Cross
31July1940No.1 squadron Hurricanes probabaly shot down a Do17 off Cornish Coast
31July1940No.74 Squadron lost 2 Spitfires
31July1940No.74 Squadron shot down one Me109 near Dover
31July1940Number of aircraft available for service on this day was 675 with 348 Hurricanes, 239 Spitfires, 63 Blenheims, amd 25 Defiants
31July1940Oberfeldwebel Georg Bergmann of JG 77 shot down a Blenheim
31July1940Oberfeldwebel Gerhard Renz of II./Kampfgeschwader 26 was awarded the Knight's Cross
31July1940Oberleutnant Josef Fözö of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
31July1940One German aircraft possibly shot down into the sea at about 0015 hours by Blenheims of No.29 Squadron, between North Coates and Spurn Head.
31July1940Spitfire P9365 Mk.Ia - Crashed during night landing at St.Eval. Sgt Thompson injured.
31July1940Spitfire P9379 Mk.Ia - Shot down by Me109 near Folkestone. P/O Gunn killed.
31July1940Spitfire P9398 Mk.Ia - Shot down by Me109 into Folkestone Harbour. Sgt Eley killed.
31July1940Spitfire P9503 Mk.Ia , DW-D, - Damaged on operations.
31July1940Spitfire R6983 Mk.Ia - Damaged by Me109 near Folkestone, landed at Manston. F/Lt Kelly safe.
31July1940Spitfire R6990 Mk.Ia - Damaged on operations.
31July1940Unteroffizier Otto Niemeyer of JG 77 shot down a Blenheim
Battle of Britain Timeline of Related Info : 31st July
31July1943Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/Lt. J. A. F. DFC Maclachlan of 145 & 73 Squadrons, Died as POW.
31July1944Former Canadian Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt O. W. Porter of 111 Squadron, was Killed.
31July1999Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/Lt. A. Ingle of 605 Squadron, Passed away.


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