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Details about  BATTLE OF BRITAIN LUFTWAFFE BF109 ACE WICK, SIGNED AVIATION ART PRINT LTD ED

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BATTLE OF BRITAIN LUFTWAFFE BF109 ACE WICK, SIGNED AVIATION ART PRINT LTD ED
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Self-Representing Artist?: Listed by Self-Representing Artist Size: 24x16 inches
Type/ Media: Canvas/ Giclee Prints Style: Realism
Subject: aviation


       
       

GERMAN LUFTWAFFE BF109 ACE WICK, SIMON SMITH SIGNED AVIATION ART PRINT LTD ED





‘HORRIDO’

Major Helmut Wick, Kommodore  JG2,  28th November 1940

ww2 aerial warfare IS BROUGHT TO LIFE IN UNRIVALED DETAIL BY LEADING BRITISH MILITARY AND AVIATION  ARTIST SIMON SMITH.

now available as a stunning artist signed AND NUMBERED Limited Edition print from an edition of only 200 copies

 

Wick was one of the leading celebrated German aces of 1940. Particularly successful during the French campaign recording 12 confirmed and two unconfirmed victories, including four French fighters shot down on 5 June, Wick was to have continued success during the Battle of Britain. He was appointed Staffelkapitän of 3./JG 2 on 1 August 1940, although he had been leading the unit since 23 June. He recorded his 19th and 20th victories on 25 August and on 26 August claimed a further two to take his score 22. For this feat, Oberleutnant Wick was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 27 August 1940. On 4 September 1940, Wick received promotion to the rank of Hauptmann and took command of 6./JG 2.

He added six further victories with this unit to raise his victory total to 28. Wick was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of I./JG 2 on 9 September. On 5 October, he shot down five RAF fighters in the Isle of Wight area. This gained him the immediate award of the Eichenlaub.Further promotion followed and, at 25 years of age, Wick was the youngest Major in the Wehrmacht. Wick was appointed Kommodore of JG 2 on 20 October 1940.

On 6 November, Wick claimed five RAF fighters shot down (victories 48-52).

On 28 November 1940, Wick achieved his 55th victory during an early sortie to become the leading fighter ace in the world. Later in the day, on a ‘Freie Jagd’ (free hunt fighter sweep) over the Isle of Wight, Wick scored his 56th and final victory, a Spitfire of 609 Squadron flown by Flt Paul Baillon. Moments later, his own aircraft was hit by British ace Flight Lieutenant  John Dundas  of 609 Squadron, seen on the right of the painting. Wick was seen to bale out of his stricken Bf 109E and parachute into the channel.

Wick’s wingman “Rudi” Pflanz then shot down the Spitfire of John Dundas  which also crashed into channel.  Pflanz circled the area looking for Wick, even calling over the radio that a “Spitfire was down” hoping  to attract the British air sea rescue. Pflanz continued to circle until his fuel was almost empty, crash-landing at landfall on his return over the Channel but Wick was never found.

Such was his status to the Luftwaffe, that an order was received shortly after he had taken off on his last mission that prohibited him further combat flying as he was deemed too valuable. Ironically, he appeared on the front cover of  Berlin’s  best selling  weekly paper the very same day he was posted missing.
Helmut Wick was credited with 56 victories achieved flying 168 combat missions.

 

Print size overall approx: (24 inches x 16 inches) 

The print quality of this print can only be appreciated first hand. Printed to Fine Art Trade Guild standards, on thick(300gsm)German etching paper using the latest 6 colour Giclee print technology. The vibrant and accurate lightfast colours will last forever. This is printing at its very best quality!

each print is hand signed and numbered by the artist Simon Smith from an edition of only 200 prints! buy now to avoid disappointment!!

Prints are despatched with a certificate rolled in tissue paper in a strong  tube by signed for delivery.

Price £65 plus fast insured signed for shipping.

Look out for new releases coming soon or email me for further details smithart101@gmail.com

 

 

 


   
       


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