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Last Home

By patspeirs  
B17 Series 'Last One Home'

A pair of ‘tail end charlies’ make a lonely way home to base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire after a mission in late 1943. The last aircraft in each of the high, lead and low formation boxes were classed as ’tail end charlies’ - not an enviable place to be. Now lagging even further behind the two 351st Group B17s slip over the cloud cover as an early winter sunset lights up the sky.

The 351st were one of the first groups, of the US 8th Air Force, to start operations and continued combat missions until April 1945. The group flew 311 combat missions for a loss of 175 B17s and crews - not an atypical loss rate for daylight operations.

Digital art composite print from airshow photographs and background sky-scape from my archives.

Tags: Digital art Ww2 B17

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User_Removed 9 26 2 United States
19 May 2011 11:23PM
A stunning image - your digital art is superb.

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19 May 2011 11:26PM
Please take this constructively as your work is good and a good composition but the lighting direction gives it an artificial look, try lowering the contrast on the "camera" side of the aircraft, the sun should be ligting them from the same directions as it is lighting the clouds!

Keep up the good work!
19 May 2011 11:39PM
I always thought Tail end Charlie was the guy at the back of the plane. Learn something new....
RonnieAG Plus
7 154 118 Scotland
19 May 2011 11:53PM
Most attractively compiled image, Pat: what a beautiful sky in which to set the planes! And as always your accompanying narrative os so worth while.
Cormy 10 3 England
20 May 2011 8:51AM
Superb work,Pat.
20 May 2011 10:39AM
good choice of background here works very well GrinGrinGrin
Another superb image beautifully composed and a great sky to compliment the B17.
Shroomer 10 14 167 England
20 May 2011 7:10PM
Stunning work Pat and what a great cloud layer
helenlinda Plus
10 344 22 United Kingdom
20 May 2011 8:19PM
Wonderful image Pat - love the colours above and in those clouds
jeronius 8 1 1 England
20 May 2011 9:20PM
Superb image. Stunning.
UBOAT 10 41 Scotland
21 May 2011 12:16AM
Another great composite Grampa. Wonderful colours and setting. Though one really small niggle is the lighting is maybe is a little to strong on the aircraft but most likely to be my screen.


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