LITJENS - FIRST VICTORY 10th May 1940 - Original Pencil Drawing by Nicolas Trudgian

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LITJENS - FIRST VICTORY 10th May 1940 - Original Pencil Drawing

On the 10th May 1940 the German assault on France and the low countries began, with the Luftwaffe spearheading the attack. Many Luftwaffe fighter pilots, who would later become 'Aces' began their careers during this phase.

One of these was Unteroffizier Stefan Litjens, who was serving with 4. /JG53 the famous 'Ace of Spades' Geschwader. On the 10th May 1940, flying his Me109E 'White 5', Litjens bounced a Curtis Hawk 75 of the French Air Force near Metz, and shot it down - his first victory of the war.

Nicolas Trudgian's drawing shows the moment when 'Steff' Litjens pulls away from the stricken Hawk 75. He would end the war with 38 Victories nd the Knights Cross. 

The Drawing is on A4 Paper and has been signed by Artist Nicolas Trudgian and Stefan Litjens.