"THE STORM CLOUDS GATHER"
Autographed by Oberleutnant Guenther Seeger and Oberleutnant Siegfried Bethke.
L/E of 500. Signed and numbered by the artist.
Size: 27 1/8"x 18 1/2"
By August, 1940, the Battle of Britain had reached its most crucial stage. The all-powerful Luftwaffe was inflicting huge losses on RAF Fighter Command. Many of the young, inexperienced RAF pilots became easy victims of the battle-hardened German Aces. Air supremacy was vital and the contest desperate.
Each day, weather permitting, armadas of German fighers and bombers set forth across the English Channel, the great aerial battles sometimes continuing from dawn to dusk. By September, 1./JG2 Richtofen wing was under the command of Helmut Wick, who would become a top-scoring Luftwaffe ace in the Battle of Britain and eventually attain 56 aerial victories.
Nicolas Trudgian's dramatic new limited edition depicts Wick, with Gunther Seeger off his starboard wing, leading the ME-109s of 1./JG2 out on a mission in September, 1940. Heinkel 111 bombers of the Kampfgeschwadern are assembling for another raid on England. A Blenheim of No. 2 Group has crash-landed on the beach, testimony to the British Bomber Command's contribution to the battle.
Oberleutnant Gunther Seeger
Oberleutnant Siegfried Bethke