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Print Size: 32" x 22.5"
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In the Presence of My Enemy
-- December 20, 1943 --
by John D. Shaw

The second print in our "A Higher Call" series!

Near the coast of Germany . . . German ace Franz Stigler had never seen a B-17 this damaged. My God, how are you still flying? he thought. Inside the bomber’s cockpit, the rookie American pilot, Charlie Brown, was thinking the same thing.

An air battle had shredded his bomber. Leaning forward to check an engine, a sight made Charlie’s heart skip. There, three feet from his wingtip flew a gray Bf-109. Charlie closed his eyes and opened them but the German was still there. He’s going to destroy us, Charlie concluded.

Instead, Franz did something incredible—he nodded to Charlie. In the presence of his enemy, Franz had changed. He had only become a fighter pilot to avenge his brother, a pilot killed early in the war. But there, alongside the defenseless B-17, Franz decided to break the cycle of violence, to spare the bomber and escort it out of Germany.

It was a gesture Charlie would never forget. In his old age, he would search the world for Franz and in 1990 they would reunite, not as former enemies but as brothers separated for 46 years.

Franz Stigler Me-109

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Signed and numbered by
artist John D. Shaw & two veterans.

(all prints are sold unframed & unmatted)

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Signed and numbered by artist John D. Shaw.
8 veteran signatures including Franz Stigler.

(all prints are sold unframed & unmatted)

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Signed and numbered by artist John D. Shaw.
15 veteran signatures including Franz Stigler
and Charlie Brown.

PACKAGE INCLUDES:
- A relic from a B-17 that flew combat over Germany!
- P
hotos of Franz & Charlie to frame with your print!
- Color certificate of authenticity!

(all prints are sold
unframed & unmatted)

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Signed and numbered by artist John D. Shaw.
18 veteran signatures including Franz Stigler
and Charlie Brown.

PACKAGE INCLUDES:
- A relic from a B-17 that flew combat over Germany!
- P
hotos of Franz & Charlie to frame with your print!
- Color certificate of authenticity!

(all prints are sold
unframed & unmatted)
A Signer Proof edition exists for print signers and helpers. A Gallery Edition of 100 artist-only signed prints, exists for sale.
43 giclees and a poster edition may be made available in the future.
Watch Franz and Charlie describe their famous encounter in this
never-before-seen video taken during their first meeting in 1990!
Film courtesy of Joe Jackson
   
A brilliant combination of rare signatures from…
Pilots Franz Stigler and Charlie Brown, both depicted in the print!
The boys of the Mighty Eighth Air Force who fought against Franz and his comrades in the Luftwaffe!
Pilots Jorg Czypionka & Kurt Schulze, representatives of the German pilots who fought honorably in WWII!
Charles L. Brown
379th BG, 527th Sq.
B-17 pilot "Ye Olde Pub"
& "Carol Dawn"
Don Carlson
466th BG, 786th Sqn
B-24 Pilot
Joe Clarke
34th BG, 18th Sqn
B-17 pilot
Jorg Czypionka
JG-300/NJG-11
Bf 109 & Me 262 pilot
2 victories
Robert Egnew
379th BG, 527th Sqn
B-17 Ball Turret Gunner
Earwin "Win" Ekeland
8th AF Training Command
B-24 pilot
Don Groomer
4th Fighter Group
Crew Chief
Henry Heintz
388th BG, 563rd Sqn
B-17 pilot
Hugh McGinty
379th BG, 524th Sqn
B-17 Tail Gunner
"The Blue Blazing Blizzard"
E. E. Mischler
94th BG, 333rd Sqn
B-17 Waist Gunner
"Pride of the Yanks"
Newt Moy
398th BG, 603rd Sqn
B-17 Pilot
George Meshko
96th BG, 339th Sqn
B-17 Waist Gunner/
Engineer
Clayton Nattier
306th BG, 369th Sqn
B-17 pilot
Kurt Schulze
JG 5 & JG 51
Bf 109 pilot
3 victories
Theodore Stell
385th BG
B-17 Pilot
Franz Stigler
JG 27 & JV 44
Bf 109 & Me 262 pilot
28 victories
John D. Shaw
JOHN D. SHAW
John D. Shaw has pursued his art and graphics career since 1985. Born in 1961, this native of Carson City, Nevada is a veteran of both the fine art and commercial art fields. As an illustrator, Shaw created artwork for clients such as Lucas Films Ltd., Kellogg's, and Major League Baseball. Shaw's work took a new emphasis in 1993, when he began creating paintings with a historical theme. With special attention to the World War-II era, his depictions of these aircraft, people, and their missions have become celebrated, worldwide.

Shaw’s artwork hangs in the collection of President Bush ’41, President Bush ’43, the Cavanaugh Flight Museum, and private collections worldwide. His art has adorned the covers of magazines like Private Pilot's Aviation Art Gallery, World War II, World War II History, Aviation History, and Valor Magazine. With the completion of "In the Presence of My Enemy," we are proud to have commissioned seven epic paintings with our good friend and talented artist John D. Shaw!

John Shaw as he works on "A Higher Call," the first print in this series.
"In the Presence of My Enemy" shows Franz and Charlie
at the start of their encounter.
"A Higher Call" shows Franz after he crossed over to the bomber's left wing near the end of their encounter.

Valor Studios wishes to thank Mitch Mischler, Clayton Nattier, the Wings Over the Rockies Museum,
and our distinguished veteran signers.