Luftwaffe ace Werner Molders of 2/JG2 leads a mixed group of Bf-109s across the English Channel.
Molders was the first pilot in history to claim 100 aerial victories and was highly decorated for his achievements. He was instrumental in the development of new fighter tactics that led to the finger-four formation.
Molders was well known for his strength of character. His men nicknamed him "Vati" (Daddy), in recognition of his paternal attitude toward them, and the care he took of their well-being. He was a devoutly religious individual who demanded that all Allied aviators captured by those under his command be treated civilly, and often would invite captured pilots to dine with him.
With the start of WW2, he took part in the Battle of France, the Battle of Britain, and Operation Barbarossa achieving 101 victories by mid-July 1941.
Prevented from flying further combat missions for propaganda reasons, at the age of 28 Molders was appointed Inspector of Fighters. He was inspecting the Luftwaffe units in the Crimea when he was ordered to Berlin to attend the state funeral of Ernst Udet, a Luftwaffe general and World War I flying ace. On the flight to Berlin, the aircraft in which he was traveling as a passenger attempted an emergency landing due to an engine failure. It crashed at Breslau, killing Molders and two others.
The Wehrmacht and the West German Bundeswehr both honoured him by naming two fighter wings, a destroyer and barracks after him. In 1998, the German Parliament decided that members of the Condor Legion such as Molders , should "no longer be honored". In 2005, the German Ministry of Defence decided to remove the name "Molders " from the fighter wing still bearing his name.
Overall Print Size: 14" x 30"
Edition Size: 500 Signed and Numbered Prints
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