The Story Begins…

An American B-17 crew was certain they’d not live to see Christmas 1943… Mortally wounded and easy prey for Franz Stigler, whose ambitions to avenge the brother he’d lost at the war’s opening had earned him glory as an ace many times over - A 3rd kill in such a short period of time would certainly win him the coveted Knight’s Cross. The prospect was so easy… But upon reaching his helpless foe, would he claim the prize? Or would his conscience demand that he answer a Higher Call?

In one of the most inspiring stories to spring from the horrors of World War II, this honorable man’s decision to show mercy to his enemy would one day yield rewards far greater than any his country could bestow- the lives of many men & their grandchildren, and friendship with a one-time foe which would equal that of his own brother.

Now, three quarters of a century later, artist John D. Shaw recreates another visual snapshot from this remarkable incident in history...

Featuring Signature Editions with the Autograph of Legendary Ace
Franz Stigler

Editions & pricing

Dimensions: 22.5” x 33" (overall), 16.5” x 28” (image) Printed on beautiful acid-free 120 lb. stock.
All prints include Certificate of Authenticity.  Some editions also include additional items.

Main Edition $195

1000 total prints, signed & numbered by artist

Includes informative color Certificate of Authenticity containing photos and interesting historical info on the scene depicted & the painting itself.

Artist Proofs $395

100 total prints, signed & numbered by artist

• Certificate of Authenticity
from yr 2000 autograph session

Includes these items for matting/framing options:
• Display Card with signature window featuring color illustration of Stigler’s Bf-109
• Custom-embroidered JG-27 “Dancing Bear” squadron patch
• Franz Stigler mini-portrait by artist to accompany squadron patch

Companion Print included with Publisher Proof

Publisher Proofs $495

50 total prints, signed & numbered by artist

Includes All items as Artist Proof Edition, Plus:
Beautiful 19” wide duotone companion print

“LONG FIRST MISSION- Ye Olde Pub Returns Home”
 Black & sepia concept illustration by artist depicting Charlie Brown’s battered B-17 after it has miraculously made it back to England.

Special Digital Archival Edition $595

35-40 total prints, signed & numbered by artist

Includes All Items as Publisher Proof Edition
This “elite” edition has been digitally printed as a Satin-finish archival paper giclée with an additional PRINTED REMARQUE by artist in border of Stigler’s “White 2" escorting Ye Olde Pub to safety.

Canvas Giclée Edition $895

Dimensions: 23.5”x 40"

Includes: Certificate of Authenticity Custom hand-accented by artist and revarnished

special order item- please contact regarding turnaround time for each +1 (407) 717-0335