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.
|Camera:||Canon EOS 20D |
|Lens:||24.0-60.0 mm |
|Recording media:||JPEG (digital)|
|Date Taken:||9 Oct 2010 - 7:42 AM|
|Lens Max Aperture:||f/2.8|
|Exposure Mode:||Program AE|
|Flash:||Off, Did not fire|