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B17 Series

‘Landfall’

Approaching RAF Prestwick at the end of a 10hr transatlantic sortie a group of B17s welcome the dawn sight of the island of Arran, a beacon for Prestwick airport. With virtually no previous experience of transatlantic flight from the US to UK regular ferry flights of B17s and B24s started in 1942. Astoundingly B17 crews fresh from training assembled at Gander, Newfoundland, and set off across the Atlantic to Prestwick in what was their very first long range sortie. Initially they flew in squadron groups led by an aircraft crewed by ATC (Air Transport Command) civilian aircrew, latterly the brand new crews coped on their own.

Some 3,000 aircraft were ferried to Prestwick during WW2 with more than 50 aircraft a day coming in at the peak period in 1944. The loss rate during these flights was remarkably low at less than 1.5%.

Brand:Canon
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:21 Jun 2004 - 8:47 PM
Focal Length:75mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Landfall
Username:patspeirs patspeirs
Uploaded:19 Nov 2011 - 3:11 PM
Tags:Aircraft, B17, Digital art
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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
19 Nov 2011 - 3:34 PM

A marvellous image, Pat: after such a flight that view of Arran must have come as a welcome sight to so many aircrews, knowing their destination was almost at hand.
Ronnie.

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UBOAT
UBOAT  641 forum posts Scotland
19 Nov 2011 - 11:05 PM

Another superb comp Grampa with Arran in it and is Arran this time and not the alps.

connor

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patspeirs
patspeirs  7 Scotland
19 Nov 2011 - 11:40 PM

With me navigating maybe it was the Alps!!

Grumpy

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6212 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
20 Nov 2011 - 11:00 AM

Wonderfully atmospheric image, Pat, accompanied by an excellent and informative narrative.
Sylvia

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