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Mustangs (4)

By patspeirs  
Mustangs (4)

‘The Good Shepherd’

The primary task of the P51 force was to provide overall protection for the B17/B24 USAAF bomber force. Escorting the bomber stream deep into Europe the Mustangs were tasked to keep the Luftwaffe at bay and major aerial battles took place as the Luftwaffe hurled literally hundreds of fighters at the bomber forces. Without this fighter protection the USAAF could not have sustained the losses that would follow from unescorted daylight operations. As the bomber stream turned for home some fighter groups were released from escort duties to strike at ground targets ’of opportunity’ in the low level interdictor role. Other units remained with the B17s ensuring that there was practical, and moral, help at hand for any damaged or lagging aircraft. Such a case is illustrated in the image above as a B17, with a failing engine, has dropped out of the supporting formation and is shepherded home by a ‘little friend’.

Aircraft images from various airshows and b/g skyscape etc from my archives.

Tags: Mustang Aircraft Digital art Ww2 B17

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franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2010 10:33AM
Another super image and a very interesting story to go with it.


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Scaramanga Plus
10 56 6 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2010 11:38AM
Excellent piece of work and a great narrative.
24 Jun 2010 11:38AM
Again, a superb well composed image. A perfect portrayal of what must have been a common sight. Excellent informative write-up too.
metro074 8 8 Australia
24 Jun 2010 11:43AM
A superb image Pat, lovely work. I think I would have liked to have done practical and moral. Smile
DOGSBODY 9 1.4k 30 England
24 Jun 2010 11:48AM
Another very fine and clever piece of work. Andy
24 Jun 2010 12:23PM
Excellent image and processing again Pat

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
24 Jun 2010 12:56PM
A super composite with the Mustang alongside the B17.......and as always, Pat, your narrative adds so much to make an excellent total package.
Regards, Ronnie.
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
24 Jun 2010 3:09PM
remarkable Pat, superb work
24 Jun 2010 6:19PM
WOW! what a shot Pat'.

John Smile
W1ldside 8 29 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2010 6:30PM
Fabulous portrayal Jim as ever with Pride....
Cheers Rick
Oliverpants 9 2 2 England
24 Jun 2010 7:45PM
Superb Pat, what a fantastic shot, great work. Ann
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2010 9:49PM
you have captured the feeling of speed in this one - very clever work

UBOAT 10 41 Scotland
25 Jun 2010 8:10AM
Another great comp and picture to the series. It really captures the mood of the aircraft.

25 Jun 2010 9:45AM
indeed another great composit narrative and title keep it up love this
harrattp 11 11 4 England
25 Jun 2010 11:15AM
Again glad to be 30 on another cracking image. I don't know what I look forward to most; the image or the narrative that accompanies it.

Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
25 Jun 2010 11:27AM
You have brought yet another piece of history to life. Those men were the bravest of the brave.
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
25 Jun 2010 8:41PM
I like it Pat.

teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
28 Jun 2010 7:40AM
Wonderful comp and superb narrative.
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2010 9:47PM
Excellent realistic looking image Pat.

30 Jun 2010 11:27PM
Great image yet again

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