HEAD TO HEAD By Nicolas Trudgian - Special Multi-Signed Edition

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HEAD TO HEAD BY NICOLAS TRUDGIAN

SPECIAL MULTI-SIGNED EDITION - 45 VETERANS

Released back in 2000 to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Nicolas Trudgian's 'Head to Head' shows a classic confrontation between the two most famous aircraft of that Battle - the Spitfire and Me109E.

Both were modern monoplane fighters that headed their respective Airforces. The Messerschmitt Bf109 had served in the Spanish Civil War before spearheading the Luftwaffe's air superiority during the 'Blitzkreig' campaigns in Poland, the low countries and France. Armed with 20mm cannons and a fuel-injected DB engine, the Me109E was one of the finest fighters in the world in 1940. The RAF also deployed modern fighters - the Hawker Hurricane being the most numerous - but it was R.J. Mitchell's thoroughbred - the 'Spitfire' - that won the hearts of the British people in 1940. Fast and highly maneuverable, the Spitfire was a match for the Me109E during the Battle - and had the advantage of operating over it's own territory.

Nicolas Trudgian's scene depicts an action on 25th August 1940 as the Spitfire of Squadron Leader Sandy Johnstone of 602 Squadron takes on an enemy Me109E head-on at altitude, scoring decisive hits on the Luftwaffe fighter - it will be Johnstone's second victory of the day!

The Print was originally signed by EIGHT 602 Squadron Battle of Britain Spitfire pilots. This Copy has been additionally Signed by no less than 37 veterans, including TEN Luftwaffe pilots. The List of Signatories is:-

AIR VICE MARSHAL SANDY JOHNSTONE - 602 SQUADRON

WING COMMANDER PADDY BARTHROP - 602 SQUADRON

AIR COMMODORE 'MICKEY' MOUNT - 602 SQUADRON

SQUADRON LEADER NIGEL ROSE - 602 SQUADRON

AIR COMMODORE PAUL WEBB - 602 SQUADRON

WING COMMANDER HECTOR MACLEAN - 602 SQUADRON

FLYING OFFICER HUGH NIVEN - 602 SQUADRON

WING COMMANDER DONALD JACK - 602 SQUADRON

GROUP CAPTAIN TOM DALTON-MORGAN - 43 SQUADRON

WING COMMANDER WILF SIZER - 213 SQUADRON

FLIGHT LT. JACK TOOMBS - 236 SQUADRON

SQUADRON LEADER IAN HUTCHINSON - 222 SQUADRON

SQUADRON LEADER BASIL 'STAPME' STAPLETON - 603 SQUADRON

SQUADRON LEADER NEVILLE DUKE - 92 SQUADRON

FLIGHT LT. NIGEL KEMP - 242 SQUADRON

FLIGHT LT. ERIC PARKIN - 501 SQUADRON

WING COMMANDER KEN MCKENZIE - 501 SQUADRON

WING COMMANDER JOHN FREEBORN - 74 SQUADRON

FLIGHT LT. KEN WILKINSON - 19 SQUADRON

SQUADRON LEADER TONY PICKERING - 501 SQUADRON

FLIGHT LT. TERRY CLARK - 219 SQUADRON

PILOT OFFICER KEITH LAWRENCE - 603 SQUADRON

GROUP CAPTAIN BILLY DRAKE - 213 SQUADRON

FLIGHT LT. ALBERY GREGORY - 219 SQUADRON

SQUADRON LEADER TERENCE KANE - 234 SQUADRON

FLIGHT LT. JOYCE MILLARD - 242 SQUADRON

WING COMMANDER TOM NEIL - 249 SQUADRON

SQUADRON LEADER MAHINDER PUJJI - 43 SQUADRON

FLIGHT LT. RICHARD JONES - 19 SQUADRON

SQUADRON LEADER DESMOND FOPP - 17 SQUADRON

WING COMMANDER VIVIAN SNELL - 501 SQUADRON

WING COMMANDER GEORGE SWANWICK - 54 SQUADRON

WING COMMANDER KENNETH LEE - 501 SQUADRON

WARRANT OFFICER NORMAN SAMUELS - 610 SQUADRON

SQUADRON LEADER PETER HEARNE - 19 SQUADRON

GENERALLEUTNANT GUNTHER RALL - JG52

MAJOR HANS-EKKEHARD BOB - JG54

OBERLEUTNANT WALTER WOLFRUM - JG52

OBERST HAJO HERMMANN - KG30

LEUTNANT HUGO BROCH - JG54

OBERLEUTNANT ERNST SCHEUFFLE - JG5

UNTEROFFIZIER GUSTAV DREES - JG54

FELDWEBEL HERIBERT KOLLER - JG54

UNTEROFFIZIER GUNTHER KOLB - JG5

LEUTNANT ALFRED AMBS - JG7

The Print measures 26 x 21 Inches and comes with the Certificate of Authenticity.