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8th Air Force - 511 Sqdn

By patspeirs  
B17 Series

511 Sqdn

Based at RAF Polebrook from April 1943 until the end of WW2 in 1945 the B17s of 511 Sqdn saw constant combat action in a variety of roles. Continually at the forefront of bomber operations 511 Sqdn was part of the 351st Bomb Group which suffered heavily in European missions with some 170 B17s and crews lost from the four squadrons comprising the Group.

The image shows a pair of B17s from 511 making their way homeward in somewhat relaxed formation - the aircraft are still in the heavy camouflage finish prevalent up until mid 1944. The aircraft in the image was indeed a ‘member’ of 511 Squadron and flew six missions to Germany at the end of WW2. She is the only surviving flyable B17 to have seen combat service.

Tags: Aircraft Digital art B17

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Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
23 Nov 2011 10:19PM
Hi Pat.

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23 Nov 2011 10:26PM
Great image.
alansnap 14 577 26 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2011 10:56PM
As ever, fantastic photography and an excellent composite. Thanks to for the history lesson too.
POD 8 22 England
23 Nov 2011 11:17PM
Love these, my personal favorite is Cry Havoc and let slip the dogs of war. How do you do it
24 Nov 2011 8:45AM
Hi Pod

Thanks for the comment, I kinda like that one too! Lots of free time (now well retired), Photoshop software and some flight exprience all help - critical children and g.children filter out the dross, mostly.
Good to hear from you.

UBOAT 10 41 Scotland
24 Nov 2011 4:12PM
Great comp grampa. Superb detail must be due to that new monitor. Though one question did you use the same picture of this aircraft twice?

24 Nov 2011 10:45PM
Don't know how you can manage with such a tiny monitor-19 inch is pathetic! Not same shot but two from a 5 shot burst, see the near engine prop blade angles. Have tried to get hold of Gav will keep trying.

Grumpy (27 wow)
UBOAT 10 41 Scotland
26 Nov 2011 8:24PM
19.5 inch monitor.

dven Plus
13 25 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2011 4:36PM
Nice image. i like the manipulation used


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