"FIGHTER GENERAL" by GRAEME LOTHIAN
Secondary Market Print: $695
With Black and White Companion Print
20 Signatures between both prints
Fighter general shows Dolfo Galland leading a swarm of BF109s at tree top height over the Kent countryside, after doing battle with Spitfires, during the last week of August 1940.
This remarkable pilot was awarded the Knights Cross as a Major on the 15th August. His daring and leadership won the hearts of his men and respect from RAF Pilots. The Oak leaves was awarded on the 23rd September 1940 and crossed Swords in June 1941 after 69 victories. At the end of 1941 at age only 29 he was promoted Inspector General of the Fighter Arm.
Leaving his post as Kommodore JG26 to Gerhard Schoepfel he was awarded the Diamonds to the Knights Cross in January 1942 at Oberst.
As the youngest General in the German High Command he held this post until 1944, after open disagreements with Göring led to his dismissal.
Reverting to combat flying he formed, with Steinhoff, the legendary JV-44, flying the ME262 jet fighter. His score by wars end stood at 104 all on the Western Front. Galland was the only General to lead a squadron into battle.