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Jet Hunters by Robert Taylor. (B)


Jet Hunters by Robert Taylor. (B)

On 10th April 1945, thirteen hundred bombers of the Mighty Eighth set out to destroy the last of the Luftwaffe's jet force. But, unknown to the bomber crews and their fighter escort, the enemy jets were already airborne and waiting to spring their deadly trap. As the war in mainland Europe entered its final, bloody phase, the German Armies defending Berlin fought on with a savage determination, slowly disintegrating before the mighty weapon of war unleashed against them. What remained of the Luftwaffe was mercilessly pounded from the air, their airfields hammered relentlessly. Aircraft, fuel, spare parts, ammunition and pilots all in short supply but still they fought on, with deadly effect. At the forefront of the German offensive and pivotal during the defence of the Reich, were the highly advanced jet fighters of the Luftwaffe, and in particular the legendary Me262. B17s of the First Air Division with streaming contrails in the cold clear air as they turn for home. Several Me262s have already torn through the massed formation, but a P-51 from the escorting 356th Fighter Group has quickly spotted his target and presses home his attack. The hunter becomes the hunted as the Mustang pilot, Wayne Gatlin, skillfully positions himself behind the Me262 ready for the kill. Throughout the final stages of the war there were many examples of the determination and skill of Allied pilots flying slower piston-engined fighters triumphing over the cream of the Luftwaffe in their highly advanced but often temperamental jet fighters.
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Item Code : DHM6092BJet Hunters by Robert Taylor. (B) - This Edition
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PRINTPilot's edition of 200 prints.

Supplied with companion print Black November Day.

Great value : Value of signatures exceeds price of item!
Paper size 35 inches x 25 inches (89cm x 64cm) Image size 28.5 inches x 17 inches (73cm x 43cm) Gatlin, Wayne
Mencel, Jurek
Peterburs, Joseph
Cummings, Donald
Jeffrey, Arthur
Coleman, Wayne L
Lamb, Huie
Rudorffer, Erich (companion print)
Schuck, Walter (companion print)
Bob, Hans-Ekkehard (companion print)
Giefing, Ernest (companion print)
Hannig, Norbert (companion print)
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


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Other editions of this item : Jet Hunters by Robert Taylor.DHM6092
TYPEEDITION DETAILSSIZESIGNATURESOFFERSYOUR PRICEPURCHASING
PRINTSigned limited edition of 400 prints. Paper size 35 inches x 25 inches (89cm x 64cm) Image size 28.5 inches x 17 inches (73cm x 43cm) Gatlin, Wayne
Mencel, Jurek
Peterburs, Joseph
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


Signature(s) value alone : £105
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Supplied with one or more free art prints!
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ARTIST
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Pilot's edition of 25 artist proofs.

Supplied with companion print Black November Day.

Great value : Value of signatures exceeds price of item!
Paper size 35 inches x 25 inches (89cm x 64cm) Image size 28.5 inches x 17 inches (73cm x 43cm) Gatlin, Wayne
Mencel, Jurek
Peterburs, Joseph
Cummings, Donald
Jeffrey, Arthur
Coleman, Wayne L
Lamb, Huie
Rudorffer, Erich (companion print)
Schuck, Walter (companion print)
Bob, Hans-Ekkehard (companion print)
Giefing, Ernest (companion print)
Hannig, Norbert (companion print)
Giller, Edward
Gross, Clayton
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


Signature(s) value alone : £545
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PRINTJet Hunters' edition of 150 prints.

Supplied with companion print Black November Day.

Great value : Value of signatures exceeds price of item!
Paper size 35 inches x 25 inches (89cm x 64cm) Image size 28.5 inches x 17 inches (73cm x 43cm) Gatlin, Wayne
Mencel, Jurek
Peterburs, Joseph
Cummings, Donald
Jeffrey, Arthur
Coleman, Wayne L
Lamb, Huie
Rudorffer, Erich (companion print)
Schuck, Walter (companion print)
Bob, Hans-Ekkehard (companion print)
Giefing, Ernest (companion print)
Hannig, Norbert (companion print)
Giller, Edward
Gross, Clayton
Drew, Urban
Bryan, Donald
Delgado, Ralph
Ananian, Stephen
Fitch, John
Czypionka, Jorg (companion print)
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


Signature(s) value alone : £715
£395.00VIEW EDITION...
PRESENTATIONTribute edition of 35 prints.

Supplied with companion print Black November Day, matted to include extra signatures.
Paper size 35 inches x 25 inches (89cm x 64cm) Image size 28.5 inches x 17 inches (73cm x 43cm) Gatlin, Wayne
Mencel, Jurek
Peterburs, Joseph
Cummings, Donald
Jeffrey, Arthur
Coleman, Wayne L
Lamb, Huie
Rudorffer, Erich (companion print)
Schuck, Walter (companion print)
Bob, Hans-Ekkehard (companion print)
Giefing, Ernest (companion print)
Hannig, Norbert (companion print)
Giller, Edward
Gross, Clayton
Drew, Urban
Bryan, Donald
Delgado, Ralph
Ananian, Stephen
Fitch, John
Czypionka, Jorg (companion print)
Groce, Walter
Brown, Roscoe
Galland, Adolf (matted on companion print)
Steinhoff, Johannes (matted on companion print)
Krupinski, Walter (matted on companion print)
Ambs, Alfred (matted on companion print)
Csurusky, Georg (matted on companion print)
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


Signature(s) value alone : £1065
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PRESENTATIONAce of Aces edition of 5 prints.

Supplied with companion print Black November Day, matted to include extra signatures, and a companion original drawing with 5 signatures and 9 additional matted signatures.
Paper size 35 inches x 25 inches (89cm x 64cm) Image size 28.5 inches x 17 inches (73cm x 43cm) Gatlin, Wayne
Mencel, Jurek
Peterburs, Joseph
Cummings, Donald
Jeffrey, Arthur
Coleman, Wayne L
Lamb, Huie
Schuck, Walter (companion print)
Bob, Hans-Ekkehard (companion print)
Giefing, Ernest (companion print)
Hannig, Norbert (companion print)
Giller, Edward
Gross, Clayton
Drew, Urban
Bryan, Donald
Delgado, Ralph
Ananian, Stephen
Fitch, John
Czypionka, Jorg (companion print)
Groce, Walter
Brown, Roscoe
Galland, Adolf (matted on companion print)
Steinhoff, Johannes (matted on companion print)
Krupinski, Walter (matted on companion print)
Ambs, Alfred (matted on companion print)
Csurusky, Georg (matted on companion print)
Buchner, Hermann (companion print)
Petermann, Viktor (companion print)
Rudorffer, Erich (companion print)
Roell, Werner (companion print)
Reinert, Ernst Wilhelm (companion print)
Rudorffer, Erich (companion print)
Nowotny, Walter (matted on companion print)
Yeager, Charles E (matted on companion print)
Barkhorn, Gerhard (matted on companion print)
Kaiser, Herbert (matted on companion print)
Fahrmann, Gottfried (matted on companion print)
Tegtmeier, Fritz (matted on companion print)
Haeffner, Heiner (matted on companion print)
Winks, Robert P (matted on companion print)
Weaver, Charles E (matted on companion print)
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


Signature(s) value alone : £2205
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Extra Details : Jet Hunters by Robert Taylor. (B)
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Companion print to this edition : Black November Day, with 5 signatures.

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Detail of print

Signatures on this item
*The value given for each signature has been calculated by us based on the historical significance and rarity of the signature. Values of many pilot signatures have risen in recent years and will likely continue to rise as they become more and more rare.
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The signature of Captain Wayne L Coleman

Captain Wayne L Coleman
*Signature Value : £40

Joining the service in January 1943, Wayne Coleman was posted to the 82nd Squadron, 78th Fighter Group at Duxford, near Cambridge in July 1944. He flew the first of his 75 combat missions a few days later on August 2nd in P-47s, dive-bombing and strafing in support of the Normandy invasion before converting to P-51s at the end of the year. Wayne shot down three Fw190s in a single mission and later on 31st March 1945, an Me262 jet. He flew continuously until the end of the war.


The signature of Colonel Arthur Jeffrey (deceased)

Colonel Arthur Jeffrey (deceased)
*Signature Value : £35

Arthur Jeffrey was born in Brewer, Arkansas on the 17th of November, 1919. Arthur Jeffrey enlisted in the Army on August 18th, 1939, and two years later in September, he entered aviation cadet training and graduated at Kelly Field, Texas in April of 1942. Jeffrey was assigned to the newly-formed 479th Fighter Group flying P-38s, and after a training period, his group was sent to England to become a part of the 8th Air Force. The year was 1944, and eleven days after arrival, the group began flying operational missions. Arthur Jeffrey became the top-scoring P-38 Ace with the 479th Fighter Group, and later became the Groups leading scorer after they converted to P-51s. Jeffrey was a captain in the 434th Fighter Squadron, and scored his first aerial victory over a Fw-200K heavy bomber downed over the Chateaubernard Airdrome near Cognac in July. Jeffrey went on to command the 434th Fighter Group. Arthur had the distinction of being the first pilot to shoot down the Luftwaffes jet-rocket aircraft - the Me163. He flew 82 combat missions and was credited with 14 aerial victories. Arthur Jeffrey ended his tour as a lieutenant colonel in command of the 434th Fighter Squadron, with a list of combat awards including the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Air Medal with 16 Oak Leaf Clusters. Arthur Jeffrey remained in the Air Force after the war and retired from the Air Force in September, 1968. Arthur Jeffrey died on 18th April 2015 aged 95.


Colonel Donald Cummings (deceased)
*Signature Value : £25

Joining the USAAF in 1941, Don Cummings saw action in England, Africa and Italy, taking part in the Battle of Anzio. Flying first with the 12th Air Force and then posted to the 8th Air Force in England, flying with the 39th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group out of Wormingford. Don Cummings flew a total of 150 combat missions and on 25th February, 1945, became one of only two fighter Aces to shoot down two Me262 jet fighters on a single mission. He then served in occupied Germany after the war ended. Sadly, we have learned Don Cummings passed away in November 2012.


Feldwebel Ernest Giefing
*Signature Value : £40

Ernest Giefing was born on February 7th, 1924 in Stockerau, Austria. After graduating from flight school he joined the training unit Jagdschule 107 in July, 1943 and later joined Jagdschule 107 as a flying instructor. Five months later, Giefing was posted to Jagdgeschwader 2 Richthofen (JG2) followed by a posting to JG7 in December 1944. Ernest Giefing held the rank of Flight Sergeant by the end of the war, having flown approximately 75 combat missions including 12 in Me262 jets, and gaining four confirmed aerial victories, two in the Me262 and two flying the Me109. Ernest Giefing was shot down four times, the fourth time on March 24th, 1945 - the day of his last combat mission.


Flt Lt Joseph Peterburs
*Signature Value : £45

Joe Peterburs enlisted in the US Army Air Corps on the 30th of November, 1942 and was called to active duty as an Aviation Cadet on 26th January, 1943. On 15th April, 1944 after a rigorous flying training program, he received his pilots wings and commission as a 2nd Lieutenant. After graduation he flew the P-40N and A-24 during combat replacement training. On 6th November, 1944 Lt. Peterburs arrived in England and was assigned to the 55th Fighter Squadron of the 20th Fighter Group. He was 19 years old. The unit was equipped with the P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft and he quickly checked out in a P-51B and accumulated about 20 hours in the B, C and D models before flying combat. He flew many memorable missions, the 49th and last of which was the most exciting. On this mission, 10 April, 1945, Joe Peterburs shot down German Ace Walter Schuck in his Me262 turbo jet. Later that day Joe Peterburs was also shot down by enemy ground fire while strafing an airfield. He was captured, escaped and fought with a Russian tank unit to the battle of Wittenberg on the Elbe.


The signature of Leutnant Hugo Broch

Leutnant Hugo Broch
*Signature Value : £50 (matted)

Vital to all fighter units are the pilots who make such superb wingmen that their leaders are loath to part with them. Hugo Broch was one such wingman. Having joined VI./JG54 in January he flew first with Horst Adameit (166 victories), and later with Bazi Sterr (130 victories), but soon demonstrated his own skill in combat. By the end of 1944 he had lifted his personal score to 71 victories. One of JG54s great Fw190 Aces, Hugo Broch saw combat on the Eastern and Baltic Fronts, and completed the war having flown 324 combat missions, and claiming 81 victories. He was awarded the Knights Cross.


Leutnant Norbert Hannig (deceased)
*Signature Value : £25

Norbert Hannig began operations with JG54 on the Eastern Front near Leningrad in early 1943, flying first the Messerschmitt Bf109G, later converting to the Fw190. He became a Staffelkapitan with JG54, notching up an impressive 42 victories. Towards the end of the war, in early 1945, he converted to fly the new jet fighter, the Me262, and flew it in combat with III./JG7 from their airfield base at Brandenberg-Briest. Norbert Hannig died on 21st February 2014.


Lieutenant Colonel Huie Lamb
*Signature Value : £30

Flying P-47s out of Duxford with the 82nd Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group, he shot down an Me262 on 15th October 1944, one of the few P-47 pilots to achieve a jet victory. After converting to P51s he became one of an elite few by shooting down a second jet when he shared in the destruction of an Arado Ar234 blitz-bomber on 19th March 1945.


The signature of Major Erich Rudorffer (deceased)

Major Erich Rudorffer (deceased)
*Signature Value : £60

Erich Rudorffer was born on November 1st 1917 in the town of Zwickau in Saxony. Erich Rudorffer joined the Luftwaffes I./JG2 Richthofen in November 1939, and was soon flying combat patrols in January 1940 and was assigned to I/JG 2 Richthofen with the rank of Oberfeldwebel. He took part in the Battle of France, scoring the first of his many victories over a French Hawk 75 on May 14th, 1940. He went on to score eight additional victories during the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain. Rudorffer recalled an incident in August 1940 when he escorted a badly damaged Hurricane across the Channel - ditching in the English Channel was greatly feared by pilots on both sides. As fate often does, Rudorffer found the roles reversed two weeks later, when he was escorted by an RAF fighter after receiving battle damage. By May 1st 1941 Rudorffer had achieved 19 victories, which led to the award of the Knights Cross. In June 1941 Rodorffer became an Adjutant of II./JG2. In 1942 Rudorffer participated in Operation Cerberus (known as the Channel Dash) and flew over the Allied landings at Dieppe. Erich Rudorffer along with JG2 was transferred to North Africa in December 1942. It was in North Africa that Rudorffer showed his propensity for multiple-victory sorties. He shot down eight British aircraft in 32 minutes on February 9th 1943 and seven more in 20 minutes six days later. After scoring a total of 26 victories in Tunisia, Rudorffer returned to France in April 1943 and was posted to command II./JG54 in Russia, after Hauptmann Heinrich Jung, its Kommodore, failed to return from a mission on July 30th 1943. On August 24th 1943 he shot down 5 Russian aircraft on the first mission of the day and followed that up with three more victories on the second mission. He scored seven victories in seven minutes on October 11th but his finest achievement occurred on November 6th when in the course of 17 minutes, he shot down thirteen Russian aircraft. Rudorffer became known to Russian pilots as the fighter of Libau. On October 28th 1944 while about to land, Rudorffer spotted a large formation of Il-2 Sturmoviks. He quickly aborted the landing and moved to engage the Russian aircraft. In under ten minutes, nine of the of the II-2 Sturmoviks were shot down causing the rest to disperse. Rudorffer would later that day go on and shoot down a further two Russian aircraft. These victories took his total to 113 and he was awarded the Oak Leaves on April 11th 1944. Rudorffer would on the 26th January 1945 on his 210th victory receive the addition of the Swords. In February 1945 Rudorffer took command of I./JG7 flying the Me262. He was one of the first jet fighter aces of the war, scoring 12 victories in the Me262. He shot down ten 4-engine bombers during the "Defense of the Reich missions". He was the master of multiple scoring - achieving more multiple victories than any other pilot. Erich Rudorffer never took leave, was shot down 16 times having to bail out 9 times, and ended the war with 222 victories from over 1000 missions. He was awarded the Knights Cross, with Oak Leaves and Swords. Erich Rudorffer died on 8th April 2016.


Major General Wayne C Gatlin
*Signature Value : £20

Wayne Gatlin flew with the 360th Fighter Squadron, 356th Fighter Group based at Martlesham Heath. From September 1944 he undertook 55 combat missions before the end of the war, six in P-47s and the rest in P-51Ds. On 10 April 1945 he destroyed an Me262 jet before immediately damaging another.


The signature of Major Hans-Ekkehard Bob (deceased)

Major Hans-Ekkehard Bob (deceased)
*Signature Value : £50

After success in the Battle of Britain, Hans-Ekkehard Bob took over leadership of 9./JG54 in 1940. The following year he was awarded the Knights Cross. Transferring to the Eastern Front his victories rose steadily to 50 by September 1942. His Group later transferred back to the West for a short period, where in April 1943, he rammed a B-17 Fortress. Returning to the Eastern Front as Kommander of IV./JG3, he ended the war as Adjutant of Gallands JV44 in the West. In his 700 missions he scored 60 victories.


The signature of Oberleutnant Walter Schuck (deceased)

Oberleutnant Walter Schuck (deceased)
*Signature Value : £70

Initially with JG3, Walter Schuck was posted north to 7./JG5 in April 1942. On 15 June 1944 he chalked up his 100th victory during a day when he shot down 6 aircraft. Two days later he had his most successful day, achieving 12 victories in twenty-four hours, a feat never surpassed in JG5. On 1 August, he assumed command of 10./JG5. Walter Schuck transferred to fly the Me262 as Staffelkapitan of 3./JG7, and achieved 8 further victories flying the new jet. His final tally was 206 air victories. He was awarded the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves. Walter Schuck died on 27th March 2015.


Sqn Ldr Jurek Mencel DFC, KM*** AFM***
*Signature Value : £40

Flying with the French Air Force he fought in the Battle of France but was hospitalised after breaking his back in a crash in mid-1940. Returning to operations with 317 Polish Sqn, his first mission was on Spitfires escorting the RAF Bombers taking part in the engagement that lead to the German ‘Channel Dash’. He flew Spitfires throughout the Normandy Invasion also flying Hurricanes and Mustangs with 308 and 309 Sqn’s scoring victories against Me109's and Me108's and on the 9th April 1945 he shot down an Me262 Jet over Hamburg.
The Aircraft :
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MustangThe ubiquitous North American P-51 Mustang, which many consider to be the best all-around fighter of WW II, owes its origins to the British Air Ministry. Following Britains entry into WW II in 1939, the RAF was interested in purchasing additional fighter aircraft from American sources, particularly the Curtiss P-40. Curtiss, which was busy, was unable to guarantee timely delivery so the British approached North American Aviation as a possible second source for the P-40. North American chose to propose its own fighter design which would use the same Allison engine as the P-40. Utilizing new laminar flow wings, the North American fighter was expected to have performance better than the P-40. Developed in record time the new aircraft was designated as a Mustang I by the Brits, whereas the USAAF ordered two for evaluation which were designated XP-51 Apaches. Intrigued with the possibility of using this aircraft also as a dive bomber, North American proposed this to the USAAF which decided to order 500 of the P-51 aircraft to be modified for dive bombing use. Designated as the A-36 Invader, this version of the Mustang utilized dive flaps, and bomb racks under each wing. Some reinforcing of the structural members was also required because of the G-forces to be encountered in dive bombing. A-36s entered combat service with the USAAF prior to any P-51s. In early 1943 the 86th and 27th Fighter Bomber Groups of the 12th Air Force began flying A-36s out of Northern Africa. Despite some early problems with instability caused by the dive flaps, the A-36 was effective in light bombing and strafing roles. It was not, however, capable of dog fighting with German fighters, especially at higher altitudes. Despite these drawbacks one USAAF pilot, Captain Michael T. Russo, who served with the 16th Bomb Squadron of the 27th Fighter Bomber Group, was credited with five confirmed aerial victories in the A-36, thereby becoming the first mustang ace.

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