Pierre Clostermann , WWII R.A.F. Ace France 1949 Drivepast Limited Edition
Pierre Clostermann was a French flier who joined the British RAF in WWII becoming one of its most prolific aces. He collected a DFC and bar, Croix de Guerre, Legion d'Honneur and several American honours along the way.
After the war, Pierre Clostermann wrote 'Le Grande Cirque' (The Big Show), a successful book which also became a successful movie. He was later to become ferociously anti-war and was pilloried by sections of the notoriously, viciously half-witted British press. Further information on a remarkable man at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Clostermann
This painting by Paul Lengelle decorated the cover of the April 1949 'Salon de l'Aviation' issue of French magazine 'l'Illustration'. It shows Pierre Clostermann in the RAF Tempest destroying a Luftwaffe Focke-Wulf.
We’ve blown it up to A2 size (c.420 x 590 mm) and produced a limited run of 15 prints on heavy textured art paper, title embossed, and we’ve even retained some of the original patina.
The second pic. is of the original movie poster from the movie that was made of Clostermann's life, based on the book. The poster is also in the Drivepast collection.
Origin: France 1949 Size: 24 x 17 in / 61 x 43 cm Condition: New. Print taken from front cover of "L'Illustration" by Paul Lengelle