The AP denotes Artist’s Proof, from the private collection of the artist. These are the first 50 – 100 prints off the press once the artist has approved the color. As a result, these are highly collectible editions and cost a bit more than the limited edition signed and numbered editions.
Image size 18 3/4″ X 26″ with margins; 22 5/8″ X 29″ overall
Limited edition of 950 signed and numbered prints with 50 Artist’s Proofs.
In addition to the artist’s signature, each print is co-autographed by Generalleutnant Adolf Galland (Ret.) and Gerhard Meyer, Galland’s crew chief.
The Painting: On 15 April 1941, to celebrate General Theo Osterkamp’s 49th birthday, Oberstleutnant Adolf Galland Kommodore of JG 26, decided to join the festivities and personally deliver some lobsters and oysters. Gerhard Meyer, Galland’s Crew Chief throughout the war, filled a basket with these delicacies and carefully placed it in Galland’s new Bf 109 F.
Flying from Brest to Le Touquet, France, with his wingman Oberleutnant Westphal, Galland decided a detour to England was in order. His hunter’s instinct paid off as near Dover they surprised a large flight of Spitfires on a training exercise. Being unfamiliar with the new F models Galland inadvertently lowered his landing gear in the heat of the air battle. Even with this handicap he downed three Spitfire Mark II’s. As Galland flew through the formation, with the 109’s gear down, famous RAF Ace Paddy Finucane chased Galland claiming him as a victory.
Beautifully captured by Historical Artist Jerry Crandall in this limited edition print, Galland flies his new Bf 109 F over the French countryside with his wingman Westphal. The basket of seafood delicacies can clearly be seen directly behind Galland.