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|"Most Memorable Day"
|This Robert Taylor Print is one of only 1000 limited edition prints of its type. This print is numbered
Formal Print Description: The following report was written personally by General Adolf galland in 1991
exclusively for the Military Gallery:
"My most memorable combat occurred on June 21, 1941, with JG-26 in Northern France. At about noon I
took off from Audembert with my "Staff" Squadron to intercept a formation of Blenheim bombers with
about 50 escort fighters heading for the Luftwaffe airfield at St. Omer-Wizernes.
Intercepting the formation near Dunkirk, in a single pass I shot first at a Spitfire without seeing the result,
and then a Blenheim which was quickly finished. After diving steeply I shot down a second Blenheim in
flames, and saw two crew escape by parachute. This was my 69th victory.
I was then set upon by several Spitfires, receiving severe hits in the engine, which began to smoke, and I
switched off immediately. Luckily, Calais-Merk was within gliding distance and I belly-landed there. My
number two, Bruno Hegenauer, had been shot down in the combat, and bailed out without injury.
In the afternoon I foolishly took off alone to intercept a second incursion north of Boulogne. Before
joining up with my squadrons I sighted a Spitfire formation below and attacked a single aircraft, shooting
at very close range. It promptly exploded. Unprotected from the rear, my Me109 received hits from a
second Spitfire. I got splinters in my head and arm, and with fuel burning in the cockpit, was forced to bail
I was unable to jettison the canopy and, trying to climb out with it hanging open, my parachute became
caught in the rear section. Flames were now blowing over me and just as I was about to take off my chute,
somehow the radio mast saved me and I was out.
After some treatment, relaxing over a glass of brandy and a cigar, I learned I had been awarded Swords to
the Knight's Cross - and a order directly from Hitler forbidding me to fly any more combat missions for the
Robert Taylor, the world's acknowledged master of aviation art, relives General Adolf galland's personal
account of the combat at noon on June 21, 1941. In this superb painting, the third and final one in his
renowned Galland Trilogy, Adolf galland is seen powering his Me109 through the leading formation of
Blenheims, raking the lead aircraft with cannon fire. In the background a fierce dogfight is developing
between the Me109s of JG-26 and Spitfires of 303 Squadron. Losses and victories will be high on both
sides today - Adolf Galland's Most Memorable Day.
General ADOLF GALLAND
Oberst JOHANNES NAUMANN
Major GERHARD SCHÖPFEL
Hauptmann OTTO STAMBERGER
Adolf Galland died in 1996.
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