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Chicoartist
04-06-2017, 08:18 PM
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Solid Brass
6 x 10.5 in., graphite on toned paper

Dreux airdrome, France, June 1944. Fw 190 A-8/R2 "Black 8,” W.Nr. 680756, taxis in from a close air support mission near Normandy. It’s NCO pilot, 24-year-old Unteroffizier Willi Maximowitz, was an experienced JG 1 and Sturmstaffel 1 veteran, and had transferred with the latter unit when it was folded into IV./JG 3 “Udet” as 11. Staffel (Sturm).

Maximowitz flew combat almost without break from the late autumn of 1943 until his death in April 1945 on the Russian front. During his year and a half career as a fighter pilot he was badly wounded several times, resulting in a few unscheduled parachute jumps, forced landings, and at least one major crash resulting in hospitalization.

Maximowitz’s final tally was 27 aerial victories, including 15 4-engine bombers on the western front. One of those, a B-17, he downed by ramming! Scholars believe that he had rammed and destroyed a second bomber, but the date is unknown. Before his death he was promoted to Oberfeldwebel (Warrant Officer), and his awards included the Deutsches Kreuz (German Cross) in Gold.

NeilF92
04-07-2017, 04:49 AM
Good piece of art Wade . I like the light glinting on the tops and the way you've rendered the propeller .

Shamrock15
04-07-2017, 07:08 AM
Another thumbs up on one of my personal faves!