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‘Bomber’s Moon’ - Lancaster Series (5)

Although this was a term used, loosely, during WW2 in reality this weather condition was much more a Hunter’s Moon. The Lancaster force much preferred a moonless or overcast condition that made the task of the prowling Luftwaffe night fighters so much more difficult - the downside was that such weather also screwed up the navigation conditions! By 1944 even the shield afforded to the Lancaster force by poor weather was being eroded by the increasing technical superiority of the newer radar equipped Luftwaffe aircraft. In particular the ’Schrage Musik’ cannon fitted Bf110, Ju88 and the new He219 Uhu (Owl) were especially deadly being able to fire upwards at close range from just underneath the bomber.

The effect of these advances can be seen in the combat statistics for Luftwaffe night-fighter crews with over fifty crews credited with 50+ combat kills and at least two crews with over 100. The nightly air battle was very delicately poised as the RAF bomber force could not sustain a loss rate in excess of 4% - shortage of fuel and attrition of the more experienced Luftwaffe crews would eventually swing the result in favour of the RAF. But, t’was indeed a close run thing!

Composite image of airshow photographs and skyscape etc from the archives - a partial rework of an older image.

Title:'Bomber's Moon'
Username:patspeirs patspeirs
Uploaded:26 Mar 2010 - 4:17 PM
Tags:Aircraft, Digital art, Lancaster, Ww2
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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2010 - 4:22 PM

WOW! this is fantastic Pat', one of your VERY best.

John Smile

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RichPitman
26 Mar 2010 - 4:25 PM

Fabulous image and a very interesting description. Smile

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borrower
borrower  4 England
26 Mar 2010 - 4:34 PM

A must view large... superb work, wonderfully done, perfect.
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lawbert
lawbert  71684 forum posts England15 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2010 - 4:44 PM

Excellent work...Fantastic image.
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Cormy
Cormy  6 England
26 Mar 2010 - 4:47 PM

A haunting image.Superb.
Cheers
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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2010 - 4:53 PM

Brilliant shot ,verywell taken.thanks for info.
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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2010 - 5:09 PM

A superb and technical documentary Pat topped off with a superb image that really comes to life with atmosphere
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telstar500
26 Mar 2010 - 5:54 PM

Very good indeed. Excellent write up also.

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CaptainTweaky
26 Mar 2010 - 6:44 PM

A magnificent and well informed series of images. Your commentary adds so much to the realism and authenticity of your images.
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rockfish
rockfish  4 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2010 - 8:28 PM

Your work has great authenticity and power, because you use your technical ability to make such fine images as a tribute to those brave men. Thanks you.
Peter

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26 Mar 2010 - 8:51 PM

great art work and found the description really interesting too.
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UBOAT
UBOAT  641 forum posts Scotland
27 Mar 2010 - 3:13 PM

Great rework Grampa looks great.

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viscostatic
27 Mar 2010 - 6:01 PM

A great image with interesting information.

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metro074
metro074 e2 Member 4metro074 vcard Australia8 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2010 - 9:06 PM

Superb image!! I like this one Smile
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bromley-smith
27 Mar 2010 - 11:24 PM

Excellent and a well deserved award, richly deserved.
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LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom97 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2010 - 11:52 PM

Very clever!

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James_G
James_G  7166 forum posts5 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2010 - 8:33 AM

Love the atmosphere on this one. Excellent.

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MichaelBHanney
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30 Mar 2010 - 8:11 PM

Nicely atmospheric,

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