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8th Air Force - 511 Sqdn

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B17 Series

511 Sqdn

Based at RAF Polebrook from April 1943 until the end of WW2 in 1945 the B17s of 511 Sqdn saw constant combat action in a variety of roles. Continually at the forefront of bomber operations 511 Sqdn was part of the 351st Bomb Group which suffered heavily in European missions with some 170 B17s and crews lost from the four squadrons comprising the Group.

The image shows a pair of B17s from 511 making their way homeward in somewhat relaxed formation - the aircraft are still in the heavy camouflage finish prevalent up until mid 1944. The aircraft in the image was indeed a ‘member’ of 511 Squadron and flew six missions to Germany at the end of WW2. She is the only surviving flyable B17 to have seen combat service.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 20D
Lens:24.0-60.0 mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:9 Jul 2011 - 11:16 AM
Focal Length:37mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:+1/3
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:8th Air Force - 511 Sqdn
Username:patspeirs patspeirs
Uploaded:23 Nov 2011 - 9:56 PM
Tags:Aircraft, B17, Digital art
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Jestertheclown
23 Nov 2011 - 10:19 PM

Hi Pat.

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NobbytheNobster
23 Nov 2011 - 10:26 PM

Great image.
Rick

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alansnap
alansnap e2 Member 10529 forum postsalansnap vcard United Kingdom23 Constructive Critique Points
23 Nov 2011 - 10:56 PM

As ever, fantastic photography and an excellent composite. Thanks to for the history lesson too.
Alan

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POD
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23 Nov 2011 - 11:17 PM

Love these, my personal favorite is Cry Havoc and let slip the dogs of war. How do you do it

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patspeirs e2 Member 7patspeirs vcard Scotland
24 Nov 2011 - 8:45 AM

Hi Pod

Thanks for the comment, I kinda like that one too! Lots of free time (now well retired), Photoshop software and some flight exprience all help - critical children and g.children filter out the dross, mostly.
Good to hear from you.

Pat

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UBOAT
UBOAT e2 Member 741 forum postsUBOAT vcard Scotland
24 Nov 2011 - 4:12 PM

Great comp grampa. Superb detail must be due to that new monitor. Though one question did you use the same picture of this aircraft twice?

connor

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patspeirs e2 Member 7patspeirs vcard Scotland
24 Nov 2011 - 10:45 PM

Don't know how you can manage with such a tiny monitor-19 inch is pathetic! Not same shot but two from a 5 shot burst, see the near engine prop blade angles. Have tried to get hold of Gav will keep trying.

Grumpy (27 wow)

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26 Nov 2011 - 8:24 PM

19.5 inch monitor.

connor

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dven
dven e2 Member 9dven vcard United Kingdom
27 Dec 2011 - 4:36 PM

Nice image. i like the manipulation used

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