WOLFGANG FALCK, MESSERSCHMITT Me 110 – 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 19″ X 28″ with margins; 22 3/4″ X 31″ overall
Limited to 950 signed and numbered prints with 50 Artist’s Proofs.
In addition to the artist’s signature, each print is autographed by the Father of the Luftwaffe Night Fighters, Wolfgang Falck.
The Painting: Before WWII, Falck flew in Russia during the Russo-German agreement. In l934 he retired” as a Leutnant from the Russian excursion and became an instructor in the Luftwaffe. His next assignment was to command the 5th Staffel of JG 2 Richthofen, then assigned to III./JG 2 which shortly was changed to a Messerschmitt 110 destroyer wing ZG 76. Falck took part in the prominent air battle over the German Bight on 18 December l939.
Before the Spring of 1940, the RAF had no night time opposition as the Luftwaffe had no night fighter force. Wolfgang Falck set out to change this. He formed an experimental night fighter unit using their Me 110’s not yet equipped with any radar. They met with success. On 26 June 1940 Reichsmarshall Goering appointed Falck to form and command a new unit, Night Fighter Wing 1 or Nachtjagdgeschwader l.
Wolf Falck’s Me 110 bears the unit coding on the rear fuselage G9 + GA. The G9 is NJG 1 but his aircraft should be AA not GA. When questioned about this, Falck said with a twinkle in his eye, “The G stood for a girl’s name I was in love with and is also the seventh letter in the alphabet. Seven is my lucky number. “