December 1943... The stricken B-17F Ye Olde Pub of Charles L. Brown and crew nearly met disaster following a bomb run over Bremen, Germany. Wrestling the Pub out of its death-dive, Brown had no way of knowing he’d leveled out above a fighter base at which ace Franz
Stigler’s Bf-109 had just been refueled & armed. As the American bomber limped overhead, Stigler and crew watched in amazement & excitement as this easy prey would be not only the 2nd B-17 he could claim that day, and add another ‘kill’ to avenge his beloved brother he‘d lost at the start of the war, but also would earn him the coveted Knight’s Cross. It was not to be... Upon Pursuing & catching the Americans, Stigler saw the pain & fear on the faces of the helpless B-17 crew. Conscience and a sense of honor overroad his military duty, and at the risk of his own execution, he escorted the wounded plane to the coast and on to safe passage, saluting Brown and
his astonished crew. Half a century later the 2 pilots would meet, and the former enemies would develop a friendship so close that Stigler would come to consider Brown to be as the brother he’d lost.
Overall size: 22½" x 33"
Available in the following editions
Signed by the artist only
Archival Giclée ed.
As above but giclee printed on satin archival paper
As above plus separate Franz Stigler autograph and additional items listed below
As above plus companion print
As above plus printed remarque in main print border
Image size: 23½" x 40" hand accented by the artist
Additional items issued with Artist's proofs - Publisher's proofs and Special edition
(Optional items to include in matting/framing)
Franz Stigler autograpg & Display Card with signature window featuring color illustration of Stigler’s Bf-109