The Guardian by Nicolas Trudgian. $775
Victory Edition Edition of 390 limited-edition prints. Signed by Nicolas Trudgian. Includes 8 veteran signatures: Franz Stigler (separate signature, perfect for matting with your print), 379th BG B-17 pilot Roland Martin and B-17 gunner Hugh McGinty, Bf 109 pilot Gernot Heinrichsdorff, B-17 pilot Clayton Nattier, B-17 gunners "Lucky" McGinty, Mitch Mischler & Bill Roche. Includes metal relics from a B-17 & Bf 109 downed during WWII, COA with "History Behind the Art" and two photos (Stigler & Brown).
Open Edition signed by Nicholas Trudgian. $95 Includes COA.
December 20, 1943: The German fighter pilot was taking a great risk. He had seen the faces of the wounded crewmen and decided to spare the damaged B-17 and more—to escort the plane out of Germany. If a civilian or soldier on the ground reported him, the fighter pilot would face a firing squad. In the eyes of his country during war, he was a traitor. But to the defenseless American crew, he was their guardian.
Now, they had hopes of reaching England again, thanks to the mysterious German ace who held his fire. One day, the crew would know his name—Franz Stigler. In 1990, they’d invite Franz to their bomb group reunion where they’d introduce their families to the man who gave them the greatest of gifts—the chance to live.
Both editions are the same size and image.
print size: 32" x 22.5"