Star of Africa Neumann,Woldenga,Rodel


1P-SOAF Neumann,Woldenga,Rodel

Hans-Joachim Marseille was, according to General Adolf Galland, an “unequalled virtuoso among the fighter pilots.” His first 7 victories…all Spitfires…were achieved over the English Channel during the Battle of Britain. In April, Marseille was transferred to I/JG27 in North Africa, and by February 1942 he had scored 50 victories to earn the Knight’s Cross. Seemingly born for desert warfare, Marseille was the 11th pilot to achieve 100 victories and the 3rd to reach 150… these were against the skilled British, Australian and South African pilots of the Desert Air Force. He repeatedly astounded his fellow pilots with multiple victories. On 3 June 1942, Marseille gained 6 kills in 11 minutes; on 17 June 1942, he recorded 6 more in 7 minutes. On 1 September 1942, he shot down an amazing 17 fighters in 3 missions. This painting depicts Marseille in action on 15 September when he gained 7 kills in 11 minutes to bring his score to 151. This incredible young man would ultimately achieve 158 victories…more than any other Luftwaffe pilot on the western front…in just 382 missions.Even today when the former pilots and ground personnel of JG27 meet they fondly remember “Jochen” Marseille. Asked to describe him, Edu Neumann, Kommodore of JG27 said, “Marseille…was like my good son.”This lithograph, from an original oil by Jay Ashurst, is the first in a series that will honor “fallen eagles.” It was signed in September 1987 at the annual “treffen” of JG27. The original painting now hangs in the Tradition Room of the German Air Force Wing at Rheine AB, Germany. Eduard "Edu" Neumann (5 June 1911 – 9 August 2004) was a German Luftwaffe Officer and commanded the famous Jagdgeschwader 27 ‘Afrika’ during the North African Campaign from 1941 to 1943. Oberst Bernhard Woldenga (4 December 1901, Hamburg – 19 January 1999) served in the Luftwaffe during World War II, commanding the JG 27 and JG 77 fighter wings. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). Oberst Gustav Rödel (born 24 October 1915 in Merseburg – died 6 February 1995 in Bonn-Bad Godesberg) was a German World War II Luftwaffe fighter ace. He scored all but one of his 98 victories against the Western Allies in over 980 combat missions whilst flying the Messerschmitt Bf 109. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub). He often said to the men under his command "You are fighter pilots first, last, always. If I ever hear of any of you shooting at someone in a parachute, I'll shoot you myself."EDITION: 300 signed/numbered by Jay Ashurst and JG27 Kommodores Bernhard Woldenga, Eduard Neumann, and Gustav Rodel.SIZE: 18” x 24”

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