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St Crispins Day - 25th October 1944’

“He that outlives this day, and comes safe home” *

A struggling B17, with one engine out and another running rough, limps home to base in the UK escorted by a Mustang, ‘little friend’. The early onset of winter in 1944 made the operations of the 8th Air force that little bit more difficult as they came to grips with European weather as well as the hazards of operational flying. The crew, undoubtedly now one of ‘the band of brothers’, will surely acknowledge the full impact of the quotation as home comes into view.

Image is a multiple composite constructed using several background scenes and aircraft photographs from the Duxford ‘Legends’ airshow. 


* Henry V - Shakespeare.

Title:'St Crispin's Day
Username:patspeirs patspeirs
Uploaded:15 Nov 2010 - 10:54 AM
Tags:Aircraft, B17, Digital art, P51, Ww2
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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2010 - 10:58 AM

It really is so hard to believe that this is a composite image, Pat: it really looks the genuine thing. So beautifully done as always, and with your accompanying story making it all the more real.
Ronnie.

Last Modified By RonnieAG at 15 Nov 2010 - 10:59 AM

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2010 - 11:35 AM

Such a realistic image. This one truly captures the imagination and speaks to the feeling of those brave souls returning safely.

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franken
franken e2 Member 123143 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2010 - 11:45 AM


Quote: Such a realistic image. This one truly captures the imagination and speaks to the feeling of those brave souls returning safely.

I agree.

Ken

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Johnfromnotts
15 Nov 2010 - 12:05 PM

Superbly done with exactly the right colours for the occasion. I just hpe they'd got the runway cleared ready. I hope it wasn't trying to land on grass!
John

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6235 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2010 - 12:29 PM

Superbly worked, as always, Pat and like Ronnie I find it very hard to believe this is a composite image. Terrifically atmospheric with brilliant dialogue to match. Fabulous work.
Sylvia

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Blundez
Blundez  7
15 Nov 2010 - 12:33 PM

Lovely image and well crafted, Great sentiments especially at this time of year - Well done.
Steve

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digiphoto
digiphoto  1240 forum posts England12 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2010 - 12:54 PM

Wel worth the effort. Must be seen large. Tony.

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Scaramanga
15 Nov 2010 - 2:19 PM

Excellent work.

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dascmor
dascmor  3 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2010 - 5:07 PM

Like the 'feel' of it very much. Nice work.
David

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2010 - 5:33 PM

Great stuff Pat, very well worked, and a smashing write up.

John Smile

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stephenscott
15 Nov 2010 - 6:45 PM

Excellent piece of work Pat,and what another great write-up..

Steve..

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Jestertheclown
15 Nov 2010 - 8:41 PM

Hi Pat.

Bren.

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viscostatic
16 Nov 2010 - 9:23 AM

A beautifully worked image Pat.

Phil.

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harrattp
harrattp  7 England4 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2010 - 6:51 PM

Your work is outstanding and the narrative always completes the picture. Awesome.

Paul

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UBOAT
UBOAT  741 forum posts Scotland
16 Nov 2010 - 7:47 PM

Great composition Grampa, wonderful dramatic sky.

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raygregson
raygregson e2 Member 6raygregson vcard United Kingdom
17 Nov 2010 - 1:27 PM

superb image,well done pat.ray

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Imagephotographics

Fabulous image Pat - well done

Chris

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bromley-smith
18 Nov 2010 - 9:39 PM

Excellent work Pat, you've created another stunning masterpiece. Superb image.
Tony

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digital_boi
20 Nov 2010 - 6:33 AM

superb work as always and with always an interesting narrative Pat
Thanks

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