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379th Homeward Bound

By patspeirs  
B17 Series

379th Homeward Bound

The 379th BG of the US 8th Air Force was one of the earliest units activated during WW2. Base at RAF Kimbolton in Cambridgeshire the 379th arrived in the UK, from Sioux City Iowa, on 21 May 1943. Carrying various markings during it’s operational life the unit became known as the ‘Triangle K’ from the fin markings carried by the various Mks of B17 they flew on operations.

Flying more missions than any other US Group and achieving individual fame with one aircraft ‘Ole Gappy’ which completed 157 sorties, also another B17, ‘Swamp Fire’ was the first heavy bomber to carry out 100 missions without an abort - quite remarkable statistics. Operational until VE day the unit was then transferred to Morocco and disbanded there in July 1945 - sic transit gloria.

The image shows a section of 379 B17s heading for home in the last of the light after another WW2 sortie - a lone P47 tags along, happy to have the navigation home taken care of.

Tags: Aircraft Digital art Ww2 B17 Sunset sky

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teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
20 Dec 2011 4:58PM
Fabulous comp and great write-up Pat.

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Cormy 9 3 England
20 Dec 2011 5:03PM
Just Brilliant,Pat.
Shroomer 9 14 167 England
20 Dec 2011 5:04PM
Cracking work as always Pat. Set against a superb sky showing outstanding detail
Wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas and healthy New Year
saeidNL 6 3 Netherlands
20 Dec 2011 6:23PM
Excellent and wonderful capture,very well done,
Jestertheclown 8 7.4k 249 England
20 Dec 2011 9:26PM
Great stuff Pat.


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