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B17 Series 'Last One Home'

A pair of ‘tail end charlies’ make a lonely way home to base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire after a mission in late 1943. The last aircraft in each of the high, lead and low formation boxes were classed as ’tail end charlies’ - not an enviable place to be. Now lagging even further behind the two 351st Group B17s slip over the cloud cover as an early winter sunset lights up the sky.

The 351st were one of the first groups, of the US 8th Air Force, to start operations and continued combat missions until April 1945. The group flew 311 combat missions for a loss of 175 B17s and crews - not an atypical loss rate for daylight operations.

Digital art composite print from airshow photographs and background sky-scape from my archives.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 20D
Lens:24.0-60.0 mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:9 Oct 2010 - 7:42 AM
Focal Length:60mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/5.0
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Last Home
Username:patspeirs patspeirs
Uploaded:19 May 2011 - 10:44 PM
Tags:B17, Digital art, Ww2
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ccb
ccb  626 forum posts United States2 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2011 - 11:23 PM

A stunning image - your digital art is superb.
Christina

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Jamesdon380
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19 May 2011 - 11:26 PM

Please take this constructively as your work is good and a good composition but the lighting direction gives it an artificial look, try lowering the contrast on the "camera" side of the aircraft, the sun should be ligting them from the same directions as it is lighting the clouds!

Keep up the good work!

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Scaramanga
Scaramanga e2 Member 737 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2011 - 11:39 PM

I always thought Tail end Charlie was the guy at the back of the plane. Learn something new....

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5143 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2011 - 11:53 PM

Most attractively compiled image, Pat: what a beautiful sky in which to set the planes! And as always your accompanying narrative os so worth while.
Ronnie.

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Cormy
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20 May 2011 - 8:51 AM

Superb work,Pat.
Cheers
Alan

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digital_boi
20 May 2011 - 10:39 AM

good choice of background here works very well GrinGrinGrin

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SteveMoulding
SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
20 May 2011 - 4:06 PM

Another superb image beautifully composed and a great sky to compliment the B17.
Steve.

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
20 May 2011 - 7:10 PM

Stunning work Pat and what a great cloud layer
Richard

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
20 May 2011 - 8:19 PM

Wonderful image Pat - love the colours above and in those clouds
Helen

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jeronius
jeronius e2 Member 5jeronius vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
20 May 2011 - 9:20 PM

Superb image. Stunning.
Jerry

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UBOAT
UBOAT e2 Member 741 forum postsUBOAT vcard Scotland
21 May 2011 - 12:16 AM

Another great composite Grampa. Wonderful colours and setting. Though one really small niggle is the lighting is maybe is a little to strong on the aircraft but most likely to be my screen.

connor

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