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Spitfire Season (5)

‘Rhubarb’

Rhubarb - the RAF code name for low-level interdiction missions in Occupied France. As the fighter arm of the RAF recovered from the disaster of the escape from France in 1940 and the attrition of the Battle of Britain it became possible to take the fight to the Luftwaffe. Low level sorties were authorised, often in poor weather conditions, in which sections of aircraft were tasked against ‘targets of opportunity’ in specific areas. The pilots were thus given freedom to roam looking for rail and road transport, unsuspecting aircraft on local flights and commit general mayhem on military targets. Airfields with their comprehensive AA capability were generally avoided or very strictly limited to the ’one pass, haul ass’ adage. These tactics proved very successful and were used until the end of the war in Europe - indeed they survived right up until 1960 with the Canberra BI8 specifically designed for such interdiction missions.

The image shows an ‘Empire Strikes Back’ scenario with a section of MkVb Spitfires from 402 Canadian Squadron streaming through France in the early morning light on the hunt for suitable targets. Typical ‘Rhubarb’ stuff and a flight profile much loved by all aircrews!

Image is a multiple composite constructed from the usual airshow pics and a suitable, if not quite la belle France, background -actually Lancashire (I plead artistic licence!).

Title:Spitfire Season (5)
Username:patspeirs patspeirs
Uploaded:27 May 2010 - 10:07 AM
Tags:Aircraft, Digital art, Spitfire, Ww2
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Carrie_1
Carrie_1  4 Wales6 Constructive Critique Points
27 May 2010 - 10:09 AM

Nicely timed.
Caroline

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LynneJoyce
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27 May 2010 - 10:26 AM

Artistic license granted! Another great composite.

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doolittle
doolittle  4 South Africa2 Constructive Critique Points
27 May 2010 - 10:27 AM

Love it - the weather adds to the image.

I'm envious - never get to see such things.

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bobspicturebox
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27 May 2010 - 10:30 AM

brilliant shot well executed

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metro074
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27 May 2010 - 10:54 AM

Wonderful image and write up.
Carol

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Imagephotographics

Love this one Pat - excellent work as per usual !

Chris

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4137 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
27 May 2010 - 12:04 PM

A very well created image yet again, Pat, and it certainly looks as if it could be northern France. The accompanying narrative is so interesting and explains why the fighters should be flying as such low level. Fascinating and exhaustively researched work in every way.
Regards, Ronnie.

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jeni
jeni  6 United Kingdom
27 May 2010 - 12:39 PM

excellent work on this, it certainly doesnt look like a compsite.

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franken
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27 May 2010 - 12:40 PM

Excellent!

Ken

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Oliverpants
Oliverpants e2 Member 5Oliverpants vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
27 May 2010 - 2:13 PM

One mans France is another mans Lancashire - stunning work with an outstanding outcome. I really love this Rhubarb. Ann

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Martyn_U
Martyn_U  5 England
27 May 2010 - 3:15 PM

Excelent work, I thought it was real!

Martyn

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W1ldside
W1ldside  4 United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
27 May 2010 - 6:17 PM

Terrific action Pat ~ Can just here the Merlin Whirring overhead ~ Lovely Action all the way... The Few!
Rick

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UBOAT
UBOAT  641 forum posts Scotland
27 May 2010 - 7:01 PM

Got to be my favourite one out of the spitfires grampa looks amzaing. Perfect lighting and colour and well done in getting a readers choice.

connor

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patspeirs
patspeirs  7 Scotland
27 May 2010 - 7:04 PM

Thanks Connor - much appreciated.
Not Grumpy.

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lifesnapper
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27 May 2010 - 7:05 PM

Really like the view point here Pat.

John Smile

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Scaramanga
Scaramanga e2 Member 637 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
27 May 2010 - 10:46 PM

Really wonderful, brings the war into our homes. Brilliantly described.

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Mynett
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28 May 2010 - 6:47 AM

superb love the bg too with the low lying mist the perspective works a treat

Linda

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
28 May 2010 - 8:55 AM

Excellent capture,very well taken.
saeid

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digital_boi
28 May 2010 - 8:59 AM

artistic licence granted with pleasure another great shot and commentry to go with it love the terminology used click click

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PauloNascimentoPhotography

superb capture, excellent composition and timing,Well done!
Paulo

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harrattp
harrattp  7 England4 Constructive Critique Points
28 May 2010 - 5:15 PM

I just wish I could do half as good a job on my images as you do Pat. Truly superb work.

Paul

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patspeirs
patspeirs  7 Scotland
28 May 2010 - 5:37 PM

Thanks Paul - I see a very fine selection of images in your gallery, particularly trhe kingfisher selection - really first class, no way are you 'dragging'.
Pat

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horley
horley  6 United Kingdom
28 May 2010 - 7:20 PM

great story with picture to go with it as usual pat.terry

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RTR
RTR  5 United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
28 May 2010 - 8:28 PM

Beautifully done and very believable, your walls at home must be adorned with these! .... Rich.

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viscostatic
29 May 2010 - 6:14 PM

Great work and informative as always.

Phil.

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