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'Special delivery'

By patspeirs  
Special Delivery

Lysander of 138 ‘Special Duties’ Squadron - night take-off from a field in France during the mid stages of WW2. After Dunkirk Churchill, in conjunction with the US, set up a ‘special forces’ group which became known as the SOE. (Special Operations Executive - morphed into the CIA in the 40-50’s) with a remit to ‘set Europe ablaze’. This was to be achieved by providing manpower and materiel aid to the fledging French Resistance. As time went on it was realised that the Lysander was uniquely qualified for solving the problem of such supply by undertaking clandestine flights in occupied territories - slow (easy to navigate), quiet and capable of landing/take-off in tiny unprepared fields.

Hundreds of such flights were undertaken, the aircraft navigating to a lonely field somewhere in France, dropping off agents and weapons, to the waiting Resistance members, and often bringing back aircrew who had baled out over Europe and been ‘ rescued’ by the Resistance. By their very nature such flights were hazardous and 50% of the Squadron personnel were lost during these missions.

Composite of Lysander airshow image (Duxford) and landscape from my archives - with some wee additions in the form of the Resistance group.

Tags: Digitally manipulated

Voters: SteveMoulding, shawpaul, VIKI and 14 more


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Comments


Another excellent image.
Steve.

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picturistic 6 7 7 Wales
1 Feb 2010 4:11PM
great work again, love it

Adrian
1 Feb 2010 4:45PM
This captures the feeling of the time, you've used digital manipulation really well. I did a similar thing using a Lysander I took at Shuttleworth only mine's at night. I might post it for comparison (I think this is better than mine anyway!).
1 Feb 2010 5:49PM
Thanks Kenneth - why not post it and perhaps we both learn a bit from each other. Thanks for your input.

Pat
Shroomer 9 14 167 England
1 Feb 2010 6:50PM
Another wonderful and atmospheric capture Pat. Put together so well
Richard
I spent hours looking for part of a wheel of one of these at Finningley years ago when it fell off
RTR 7 8 8 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2010 8:29PM
Im not normally a fan of composite shots, but this one works really well. Rich.
2 Feb 2010 8:50PM
Pat, I'll do that.
Ken
2 Feb 2010 9:02PM
viscostatic 9 33 5 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2010 1:47PM
A well constructed image full of atmosphere.

Phil.

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