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B17 Series

487th Bomb Group

The 487th was based at Lavenham, Suffolk, throughout the 8th Air Force period of operations in the European theatre during WW2. Initially equipped with B24 the group soon transferred to the B17 and adopted the colourful livery as shown in the print, confirmed by contemporary colour photographs. Seen here at the final stage of the approach to the target as the aircraft turn on to the attack heading - the formation perhaps slightly loose as the crews struggle with heavily laden aircraft - remember most pilots had only a few hundred hours experience. A section of the escorting P47 - Thunderbolts - keeps a watchful eye from their high perch.

The 487 th , comprising three Squadrons, operated from Apr 1944 to Apr 1945 flying 185 missions and suffering the loss of 57 aircraft from combat and accident causes.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 20D
Lens:24.0-60.0 mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:16 Sep 2010 - 6:27 PM
Focal Length:37mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:B17 - 487th Bomb Group
Username:patspeirs patspeirs
Uploaded:14 Sep 2012 - 3:10 PM
Tags:Digital art
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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2012 - 3:13 PM

Very colourful - well put together with a superb cloud formation Pat SmileSmile
Helen

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2012 - 3:47 PM

Beautifully compiled image, Pat, and as always accompanied by an excellent bit of historical narrative.
Your work is always such a pleasure to view.
Ronnie.

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Jestertheclown
14 Sep 2012 - 4:47 PM

Excellent work Pat.

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conrad
conrad  1010874 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2012 - 5:00 PM

After just having clicked on your images so many times without saying much, let me say this time that I really like how you create the illusion of seeing these warplanes in reality, how you almost make me believe I was there at the time to witness them going on missions. This is one of those examples, it really does feel like I'm in the air myself, watching these aircraft. Well done - again!

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patspeirs
patspeirs  7 Scotland
14 Sep 2012 - 6:36 PM

Conrad - many thanks for 'seeing' the effect that I try to attain, most gratified that you sense the 'being there' feeling. Makes my day!!

Regards............Pat

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bromley-smith
14 Sep 2012 - 9:33 PM

Superb image again Pat. Wonderful work.
Tony

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