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Aluminium Overcast

By patspeirs  
B17 Series

ĎAluminium Overcastí

An illustration of the near truth of the joking comment about the 8th USAAF B17 formations - the lead section of the 832nd Sqdn covers the sky when outbound to European targets. Part of the 486th Bombardment Group based at Sudbury, England, this group was in the midst of all the WW2 action from mid-1944 onwards.

During the group operations in 44-45 the 486th lost 23 aircraft and a further 29 so badly damaged they were written off. Almost all of these losses were due to flak (although at least six were due to collision) but none were caused by Luftwaffe fighter action - a reflection on the severe attrition the earlier missions had caused the German air arm.

Title should really be Ďaluminumí but then I am an unreconstructed Limey!!

Tags: Aircraft Digital art Ww2 B17

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LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2011 5:43PM
Just knew this had to be one of yours. Nice work as usual.

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Another superb image, stunning work and an excellent write-up too.
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
24 Jun 2011 7:45PM
Excellent Pat.
jeronius 9 1 1 England
24 Jun 2011 9:38PM
Absolutely wondrous image. I always thoroughly enjoy your write ups too.
UBOAT 10 41 Scotland
24 Jun 2011 11:21PM
Another great B-17 comp grampa but we have to discover something new to do with B-17s I think as straight formation flights are getting repetitive but still great.

25 Jun 2011 10:45AM
good one again Pat GrinGrinGrin
27 Jun 2011 9:32PM
Stunning image Pat.

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