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'It's what friends are for'

By patspeirs  
‘It’s what friends are for’

Lonely, and probably slightly lost, a damaged B17 struggles to make home base as the light rapidly fades. Joined by two ‘little friends’ for moral and combat support all three are committed to night landings - not something to be treated lightly in those early days of flying. A scenario repeated many times as the US 8th Air Force cranked up it’s operations in 1944.

Composite, in deliberately muted light conditions, constructed from airshow photographs and archive background.

Tags: Aircraft Digital art Ww2 B17

Voters: digital_boi, franken, DeSilver and 38 more

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Comments


Jestertheclown 7 7.3k 249 England
10 Apr 2011 10:23AM
Great stuff Pat.
Good to see you back.

Bren.

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10 Apr 2011 10:27AM
I’m sure the two little friends were a most welcomed sight under the circumstances very reassuring indeed... good composite the chosen background works very well click Grin
User_Removed 14 2.8k 11 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2011 11:32AM
Very nicely done.
Great shot.
lianna 6 13 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2011 2:42PM
Now that's something you don't see every day!! A great shot!! Superb light, well captured. An all round grand image x x
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
10 Apr 2011 3:54PM
Beautifully compiled image, Pat: that sky to set the planes against is just a dream. I wonder how many planes like this arrived back reasonably intact but came amiss on landing due to pilot fatigue.....my guess would be a significant number.
Ronnie.
10 Apr 2011 4:15PM
A well worked image well done

Bob
GarrathE 8 4 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2011 4:59PM
Love the idea of the composite. Well executed too.
ianrobinson Plus
6 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2011 6:50PM
What a great tribute to the flying boys of yester year.
Nicely done.
cassiecat 8 39 46 England
11 Apr 2011 7:06PM
you are so good at these.lesley
11 Apr 2011 9:33PM
Amazing image!!
Jerry
Deserves the 30 votes.
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2011 12:19PM
A beauty- the light really makes this
Helen
taggart Plus
12 46 13 United States
15 Apr 2011 12:21PM
Hurrah for the USAAC

Thank you for this beautifully crafted domposite-- Wonderful PS work!
JEnnnnn

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