A Higher Call art print

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Print Size: 32" x 22.5"
All prints sold unframed

"The Guardian Returns"
- Sequel to The Guardian -

a fine art print by

It was a Christmas miracle in the making. The American B-17 bomber was damaged and defenseless, and the Bf 109 of German ace, Franz Stigler, was primed for an easy kill.

But upon seeing the bomber’s crew, some wounded, and one dead, Franz decided to break the cycle of violence. Choosing life over death, he escorted the bomber to the North Sea, saluted the American pilot, and flew away.

Now, it’s Franz’s life that is in danger. A quaint German village lies below, warm and inviting, just four days before Christmas. But this is wartime. If anyone reports Franz for sparing the enemy, he will face a firing squad as a traitor. No one can catch a glimpse of his markings. If Franz is to survive, he must fly, and fly fast!

Only 100 numbered prints, signed by artist
Nick Trudgian and 10 pilots & aircrew including:

- German Bf 109 & Me 262 pilot turned U.S. citizen,
Jorg Czypionka, technical advisor on A Higher Call!

- German Fw 190 pilot Hal Bauer who later became
a U.S. Navy pilot during the Korean War!


- 379th BG (Charlie's unit) B-17 pilots
Roland Martin, shot down on "Black Thursday"
& 100-year-old signer Sam Satariano!

- B-17 gunner brothers Hugh and "Lucky" McGinty!

- Plus FOUR MORE decorated veterans of the air war!

ALSO INCLUDES:
- A relic from a JG 53 Bf 109 shot down over Germany
(relic ships separately in late December)
- Photos of Franz to frame with your print

- Color COA with "History Behind the Art" story

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All prints are sold unframed

INTERNATIONAL:
$295 + $65 SH
USA: $295 + $30 SH
CO residents add 4% tax

Only 100 numbered prints, signed by artist Nick
Trudgian and 4 pilots & aircrew including:

- German Bf 109 & Me 262 pilot turned U.S. citizen,
Jorg Czypionka, technical advisor on A Higher Call!

- 379th BG B-17 pilot Roland Martin, shot down
on "Black Thursday" at the age of 19!

- Plus TWO MORE veterans of the air war!

ALSO INCLUDES:
COA with "History Behind the Art" story

All prints are sold unframed

INTERNATIONAL:
$175 + $65 SH
USA: $175 + $25 SH
CO residents add 4% tax

SOLD OUT!
Contact us to be on the waiting list
in case one becomes available.

Only 100 numbered prints.
Comes with 15 veteran signatures
including Franz Stigler!

PACKAGE INCLUDES:
- A relic from a JG 53 Bf 109 shot down over Germany
(relic ships separately
in late December)

- Photos of Franz & Charlie to frame with your print
- Color COA with "History Behind the Art" story

All prints are sold unframed

SOLD OUT!
Contact us to be on the waiting list
in case one becomes available.

Only 15 numbered prints, signed by artist
Nick Trudgian. Comes with 19 veteran signatures
including Franz Stigler & Charlie Brown!

PACKAGE INCLUDES:
- A relic from a JG 53 Bf 109 shot down over Germany
(relic ships separately
in late December)

- Photos of Franz & Charlie to frame with your print
- Color COA with "History Behind the Art" story

All prints are sold unframed

An Artist Reserve edition of 30 prints, bearing two signatures, and 30 canvas giclees, will be for sale via Nick Trudgian.
A Signer Proof edition of 100 prints exists for print signers and helpers.
Watch Franz & Charlie describe their encounter in this rare CBS News report!

THE STORY BEHIND THE RELIC
BF 109 G14 #781184 "White 9"

Accompanying each Eagle, Publisher, and Artist Proof is a genuine piece of a Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter!

This relic is taken from a Bf 109 that served in 13 Squadron of the famous JG 53, the "Pik As" (Ace of Spades) wing, mentioned on page 115 of A Higher Call.

"White 9" was flown by Fw. Erich Braitsch, who was shot down on Christmas Eve 1944, and survived the crash of his aircraft, which was dug up in 2003.

The metal of "White 9" is provided by one of the top aircraft recovery experts in Europe. Each piece will ship separate from the prints, starting in late December.

   
A brilliant collection of rare signatures from . . .
Franz Stigler, depicted in the scene!
The boys of the Mighty Eighth Air Force!
Pilots of the German Air Force, now US citizens!
Charles L. Brown
379th BG, 527th Sq.
21-year-old B-17 pilot
"Ye Olde Pub"
& "Carol Dawn"
32 Combat Missions
extracted signature
Jorg Czypionka
JG-300/NJG-11
21-year-old
Bf 109 & Me 262 pilot
2 victories

 

Karl Evers
Shown here as a P.O.W., Karl flew the Bf 109 as a student pilot in JG-103 before being transferred to the infantry. He later immigrated to the US and served in the Army!
Harald Bauer
17-year-old Fw 190 fighter pilot & He 162 jet pilot. After the war, became a U.S. Navy recon pilot during the Korean War!

Roland Martin
379th BG, 525th Sq.
19-year-old B-17 pilot of "The Iron Maiden." Shot down on "Black Thursday," the infamous 2nd Schweinfurt raid.

Ray Matheny
379th BG, 525th Sqn
18-year-old B-17 top turret gunner on "Deacon's Sinners." Shot down on the Jan. 5th mission described in "A Higher Call."

Harry Hurlburt
379th BG, 525th Sq.
B-17 bombardier
"Four of a Kind"
Wounded in Action
Ditched in Channel, rescued by P. Guinness of Guinness beer!

Gernot Heinrichsdorff
19-year-old Bf 109 pilot who had attended Luftskriegsschule 3
(Air Officer School), the same school Stigler had instructed at. Later served as infantry due to lack of fuel.
Hugh McGinty
379th BG, 524th Sqn
B-17 Tail Gunner
"The Blue Blazing Blizzard"
Flew in the same formation
as Lt. Charlie Brown!
Elmer "Lucky" McGinty
95th BG, 339th Sqn
18-year-old B-17 Gunner
"I Dood It"
29 Combat Missions
Brother of Hugh McGinty

Hans Meyer
A 17-year-old Bf 109 pilot, Hans would later fight in the infantry on the Eastern front. After the war, he immigrated to America and became an engineer. Check out Hans with his old aircraft.

E. E. Mischler
94th BG, 333rd Sqn
19-year-old B-17 Gunner
"Pride of the Yanks"
Mitch appears in the famous 8th Air Force film "Target for Today."

Newt Moy
398th BG, 603rd Sqn
23-year-old B-17 Pilot
26 Combat Missions. Go flying in a B-17 with Newt in this news video.

Clayton Nattier
306th BG, 369th Sqn
21-year-old B-17 pilot
"Heavenly Body"
Shot down over Merseburg, Germany
Mike Quering
487th BG, 838th Sqn
18-year-old B-17 Gunner
34 Combat Missions
Wounded in Action
Original cadre of the 487th Bomb Group!
Bill Roche
452nd BG, 731st Sqn
20-year-old B-17 gunner
"Lucky Lady III"
Shot down twice
Interred with Soviet Army
Sam Satariano
379th BG, 527th Sq.
B-17 pilot "Piccadilly Willie" and "Lakanukie"
28 Combat Missions
Original cadre of the 379th Bomb Group!
Franz Stigler
JG 27 & JV 44
Bf 109 & Me 262 pilot
487 Combat Missions
28 victories
extracted signature
Win Schendel
13-year-old Hitler Youth soldier in an anti-aircraft flak unit near Hannover. Later forced into anti-tank duty with the Volksstrum.
MORE SIGNERS
COMING SOON!
Artist Nick Trudgian
NICOLAS TRUDGIAN

Nicolas Trudgian was born and raised in Plymouth, England. His father and uncle both served in the RAF during World War II and so his childhood was filled with stories about the air war in Britain, North Africa and the far east.

Nick began showing a real talent for art at an early age and his surroundings gave him the perfect inspiration to fill sketchbooks with drawings of aircraft, ships and also trains. His family encouraged him but were concerned about Nick's growing desire of turning this hobby into a full time career, a notoriously risky occupation. But Nick was determined and occupied every spare hour with painting and drawing.

Five years at art college further equipped him with the skills necessary to paint technical subjects with authority. Soon the commissions came flooding in, mostly illustrations for companies such as Rolls Royce, Ford, General Motors and British Aerospace, air lines and oil companies.

His agents tended to find him work that involved transport, mechanical and military subjects especially where landscapes and lighting could be used to create spectacular backdrops, something that has become a virtual trademark of his art.

It was this aspect that no doubt attracted his first aviation art publisher who asked Nick to paint aircraft pictures for him in oils. It was an instant success and so Nick gave up the commercial illustration work to paint instead pictures for aviation art prints. In the past 20 years Nick has had published more than 150 full size color prints and countless pencil and smaller prints.

Nick as he signs "The Guardian Returns."

His work is collected worldwide and especially in the United States where he has attended numerous art shows and gained many friends. His work has been exhibited, amonst other places, in the Smithsonian, the Pentagon and Britain's Imperial War Museum.

He lives with his wife Ruth in the Cotswold hills in Gloucestershire, England, very fittingly in the corner of what was once a Battle of Britain airfield. The site has long since returned to agriculture. Open fields provide a far-reaching view from his studio window but Nick says that if you know where to look the tell tail evidence of the war is still all around and it's easy to imagine Spitfires roaring overhead. ''It's a perfect place to recreate scenes from the past as a reminder of the sacrifices made by our parents generation.''

Valor Studios wishes to thank the following for their assistance with this project:
Helga Stigler, Mike Hart, The Wings Over the Rockies museum, and the distinguished veterans who made this print possible.