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‘Home is the hunter….’

A section of Spitfires, sortie complete, swings over ‘home’, in this case an English Manor house, taken over as Mess accommodation during the height of WW2. The base would be located nearby and a low pass on to the approach ensures that the Mess staff have the tea freshly prepared and the bar declared open - OK, forget the tea. Probably rattled the windows and tinkled the chandeliers as well!

It was not unusual for such ‘homes’ to be taken over as military establishments and many Squadrons, US as well as RAF, enjoyed such superlative accommodation. Typical in this respect was Petwood House, in Lincolnshire, the home Mess of 617 Squadron - the ‘Dam Busters’ - the house today is a very fine hotel with the bar dedicated to 617 memorabilia, well worth a visit.

Also, it was not unusual for Squadrons, (145 Polish) in this case, to have a mix of Spitfire Mks in their inventory, some squadron commanders hanging on to older Mks as their personal favourites. The attachment of fighter pilots to their steeds is so well described in ‘The Big Show’ by Pierre Clostermann - one of the finest personal histories to come out of WW2.

As always the image is a composite of aircraft photographs from Duxford airshows and background scenery from the archives.

Title:'Home is the Hunter.....'
Username:patspeirs patspeirs
Uploaded:20 Feb 2010 - 11:15 AM
Tags:Digitally manipulated
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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2010 - 11:22 AM

great captured.
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Imagephotographics

Great image, well done !

Chris

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metro074
metro074 e2 Member 4metro074 vcard Australia8 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2010 - 11:58 AM

My favourite aircrftaft. Brilliant image.
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mitchy81
mitchy81  5 England18 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2010 - 12:40 PM

Another well created image, I could see your work on modern day Airfix kits. (sure someone would of said that already).
Phil

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alansnap
alansnap e2 Member 10528 forum postsalansnap vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2010 - 2:08 PM

Very cleverly done, and of course being Spits gets my interest immediately Smile
Alan

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SteveMoulding
SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2010 - 3:51 PM

Love your images. They are always beautifully composed and masterfully done. Another superb addition to your P/F.
Steve.

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SteveMoulding
SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2010 - 4:51 PM

Just to add, 'The Big Show' was one of the best, personal reads I have had and one of many on the exploits of the few during WW2, highly recommended to anyone interested.
Steve.

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clicknimagine
20 Feb 2010 - 6:17 PM

wonderfully captured the motion...

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Jestertheclown
20 Feb 2010 - 9:28 PM

Another good 'un Pat.
Still haven't found the image I'm looking for of the 109 with the "Condor Legion" logo. I'm sure I've got one somewhere.
Jester.

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stephenscott
21 Feb 2010 - 6:11 PM

Such amazing image pat.So well taken iam giving you my user award for this week,i look foward to more of your images..

Steve..

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patspeirs
patspeirs  7 Scotland
21 Feb 2010 - 6:21 PM

Thank you Steve - most encouraging. More in the pipeline.
Pat

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Scaramanga
Scaramanga e2 Member 637 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
21 Feb 2010 - 10:37 PM

Brilliant, looking forward to browsing your p/f when a little more clear headed.

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