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'Home to Roost'

By patspeirs  
‘Home to Roost’

The last of the daylight touches everything with a soft gold colouring as the Mustang squadrons recover to their Cambridge bases. The central aircraft, appropriately named ‘Twilight Tears’, heading for Duxford is accompanied by other squadron ships from Debden and Bottisham - USAF 8th AF bases all within a few miles of each other. At the height of the aerial onslaught on Europe there were some 70 operational airbases in this small area of England each with a usual complement of four squadrons, involved in the USAF 8th Air Force operations.

The Bottisham P51, yellow nose, is closely herded by a ‘friend’ as it struggles with a failing engine - all in all an everyday occurrence in the heart of ‘Bomber Country’. The other ships from 83, 84, 334 and 374 squadrons make their individual way ’home’.

Multiple composite from airshow images and background archives.

Tags: Aircraft Digital art P51 Ww2

Voters: kennyfish, JoanH, ChristineD and 20 more

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alansnap 19 577 26 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2011 3:53PM
Another excellent composite Pat complete with the history lesson too. Smile
SteveMoulding 14 3 7 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2011 5:23PM
Another brilliant image, Pat. I was sad to hear about the loss of 'Big Beautiful Doll' at Duxford this year.
Niknut Plus
12 3.5k 82 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2011 8:10PM
Clever !....makes an impressive notch !
helenlinda Plus
15 374 22 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2011 8:25PM
Excellent work here Pat Smile
teocali Plus
15 442 18 England
25 Jul 2011 8:55PM
Superb work Pat plus great narrative as always.
RonnieAG Plus
13 154 119 Scotland
25 Jul 2011 9:32PM
Top notch work yet again, Pat: superbly compiled composite image, and as always accompanied by such an interesting narrative.
25 Jul 2011 9:48PM
Cleverly constructed, beautifully presented and well explained Pat.

UBOAT 15 41 Scotland
28 Jul 2011 9:02AM
Brilliant comp grampa. Brilliant sky not a sky you see very often.

viscostatic 16 50 11 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2011 5:30PM
A beautiful image expertly constructed Pat.


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