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IN THE PRESENCE OF MY ENEMY – FRAMED COLLECTOR’S PIECE
by John D. Shaw
“20 December 1943 – rookie pilot Charlie Brown and the crew of B-17 Ye Old Pub manage to bomb the Focke-Wolf factory in Bremen despite severe damage over target. Turning for home, the damage was starting to show and the straggler now became a magnet for encircling Luftwaffe fighters, who pulverised the already battered Fortress. Somehow, Brown managed to keep her in the air – just.
It wasn’t long before Franz Stigler’s Bf109 was spotted approaching at speed; all on board believed their days were now finally numbered. But Luftwaffe Ace Stigler had other thoughts.
As he circled the wrecked B-17 he could clearly see the dead tail-gunner and other badly wounded men obviously unable to bail out. Compassion took the better part of valour.
Instead of shooting down the Fortress, Stigler escorted the bomber over the North Sea coast on a heading for England.
Stigler never reported the incident. Had he done so he would in all probability have been shot as a traitor yet many years later, through serendipity and good fortune, both men would meet again and become firm friends.
Personally signed by veterans of both the Luftwaffe and 8th Air Force, included in the matting are photos and the original autographs of the two men famously depicted, Oberleutnant FRANZ STIGLER and Lieutenant Colonel CHARLIE BROWN.
Released in 2012, we rarely come across copies of this superb piece on the Secondary Market and our expert framing team have ‘worked their magic’ to create a stunning EIGHTEEN signature collector’s piece:
Staff Sergeant EARWIN EKELAND
First Lieutenant CLAYTON NATTIER
Staff Sergeant WILLIAM ROCHE
Second Lieutenant DON CARLSON
Staff Sergeant DON GROOMER
Staff Sergeant GEORGE MESHKO
Master Sergeant E.E MISCHLER
Leutnant JORG CZYPIONKA IRON CROSS
Lieutenant Colonel MEL DUNN
Staff Sergeant HUGH MCGINTY
Oberleutnant KURT SCHULZE
Captain HENRY HEINTZ
Lieutenant NEWT MOY
Staff Sergeant ELMER MCGINTY
Staff Sergeant ROBERT EGNEW”