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‘The waiting time’ - all the briefings are completed, targets, routes, weather, communications, flak-hot spots, formation structure, fuel and weapon load - all that remains is the interminable stretch of time to engine start. The pilot, navigator and engineer are on board priming the aircraft for start, the rest of the crew conduct their own private rituals, the tail gunner ‘christens’ the port main wheel (absolutely ensures a safe return!) and no-one mentions the old weather tale referring to ‘ red sky in the morning’. The ground weapons officer arrives to get the bomb load signed off.

Shortly - although it seems like hours - the jeep will pass round the peri-track flying the engine start flag. No radios are used at start-up or take off - as these can be monitored by the Luftwaffe listening posts. It takes up to two hours orbiting East Anglia after take-off for the hundreds of B17s to form up into the structured formation required for mutual defence in daylight raids before setting off for the day’s target area - knowledge of the take-off time, from airfield radio communications, would afford the Luftwaffe plenty of time to plan interception.

Typical of scenes all over East Anglia in 1943 - the image depicts a B17 and crew waiting for mission start. Multiple composite constructed from airshow images and sky-scapes from my archives.

Title:'Waiting Time'
Username:patspeirs patspeirs
Uploaded:19 Nov 2010 - 11:23 AM
Tags:B17, Digital art, Ww2
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stephenscott
19 Nov 2010 - 11:45 AM

Excellent piece of work again Pat,superb write up aswell..

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RonnieAG
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19 Nov 2010 - 3:53 PM

A very emotive shot: the waiting as dusk gathers must have been the most difficult time for aircrew. A beautifully compiled image, Pat, and as always your commentary sums up the situation so succinctly.
Ronnie.

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19 Nov 2010 - 5:50 PM

wonderful atmosphere Pat', and great colours in the sky.

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Jestertheclown
19 Nov 2010 - 7:55 PM

I like it Pat.

Bren.

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digital_boi
20 Nov 2010 - 6:35 AM

yes the b/g really adds to the whole drama love it click

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photophantom
20 Nov 2010 - 11:28 AM

grand image
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bromley-smith
22 Nov 2010 - 9:05 PM

Excellent image Pat, beautiful detail and wonderful presentation.
Amazing write up.
Tony

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viscostatic
11 Dec 2010 - 11:48 AM

A great atmospheric image Pat.

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pauldawn
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18 Jan 2011 - 12:17 PM

superb again pat. once again the narrative goes along way to selling the image.

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