JG 301 STABSSCHWARM Ta 152 – Artist’s Proof
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 19 3/8″ X 27″ with margins; 22 3/4″ X 30″ overall.
Limited to 950 s/n edition with 50 Artist’s Proofs.
In addition to the artist’s signature each print is co-autographed by Knight’s Cross holders Walter Loos and Willi Reschke, prominent JG 301 Home Defense Staff pilots.
The Painting: This beautiful example of the graceful Ta 152 aircraft in flight.
III./JG 301 was selected to be re-equipped with the new Ta 152. Because of production delays this goal could not be achieved. It was decided to concentrate the new machines into the Geschwaderstab and transfer experienced pilots from III Gruppe to the Stab. Oberstleutnant Fritz Auffhammer was the official Kommodore but was mainly an administrator. From III Gruppe came Willi Reschke, Herman Stahl, Josef Keil, Sepp Sattle, Christoph Blum and Heinz Gossow and from JG 300 came Walter Loos.