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By patspeirs  
B17 Series


The first crews for the B17 Squadrons of the 8th Air Force started operations well into 1942. Having just completed training, probably at a sunny Texas base, the pilots were faced not only with the stark reality of operational sorties but with the bleakness of winter skies in the East Anglia region of the UK. Considering that the pilots were passed to operational flying with an average of 250 hrs it is not surprising that the accident rate was high.

The image shows a group of B17s struggling out of the autumn murk into a weak wintry sunshine - a far cry from training days in Texas. Some 8 hrs later they would be back trying to find their base in similarly bad weather.

Tags: Aircraft Digital art Ww2 B17

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Peterpools 5 2 2 United States
12 Dec 2011 12:39PM
Love the image, as it's music to a pilots heart!

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12 Dec 2011 2:14PM
Thanks Peter - works for navs as well!!

teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
12 Dec 2011 11:01PM
Absolutely superb, Pat - wonderfully atmospheric.
UBOAT 9 41 Scotland
14 Dec 2011 8:21PM
Fabulous pieace of work if I don't say so my self Wink.

14 Dec 2011 9:40PM

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