Signed by Herbert Ihhlefeld.
L/E of 250. Signed and numbered by the artist.
Size: 25" x 19 3/8"
Herbert Ihlfeld returned to Germany from the Spanish Civil War a highly decorated young pilot with 9 aerial victories. By the end of World War II, this talented fighter ace had achieved 140 air victories and survived being shot down 8 times during more than 1,000 combat missions. He flew in the battles of Poland, France and Britain before moving to the Balkans to command I./LG2. In 1942, Ihlfeld became Kommodore of the famed JG52, but serious injury took him out of the front line until 1943, when he joined JG25 as Kommodore, leading the group's ME-109s in defense of the Reich. In 1945 he took command of JG1, the group equipped with the revolutionalry Heinkel 162 jet, the "people's fighter".
Nicolas Trudgian's painting shows Herber Ihlfeld's personal He-162 aircraft "White 23" with others on patrol. This aircraft was later captured intact and is now in the collection of the National Air and Space Museum.