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'St Crispin's Day

By patspeirs  
St Crispins Day - 25th October 1944’

“He that outlives this day, and comes safe home” *

A struggling B17, with one engine out and another running rough, limps home to base in the UK escorted by a Mustang, ‘little friend’. The early onset of winter in 1944 made the operations of the 8th Air force that little bit more difficult as they came to grips with European weather as well as the hazards of operational flying. The crew, undoubtedly now one of ‘the band of brothers’, will surely acknowledge the full impact of the quotation as home comes into view.

Image is a multiple composite constructed using several background scenes and aircraft photographs from the Duxford ‘Legends’ airshow. 

* Henry V - Shakespeare.

Tags: Aircraft Digital art P51 Ww2 B17

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RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
15 Nov 2010 10:58AM
It really is so hard to believe that this is a composite image, Pat: it really looks the genuine thing. So beautifully done as always, and with your accompanying story making it all the more real.

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Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
15 Nov 2010 11:35AM
Such a realistic image. This one truly captures the imagination and speaks to the feeling of those brave souls returning safely.
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
15 Nov 2010 11:45AM

Quote:Such a realistic image. This one truly captures the imagination and speaks to the feeling of those brave souls returning safely.

I agree.

15 Nov 2010 12:05PM
Superbly done with exactly the right colours for the occasion. I just hpe they'd got the runway cleared ready. I hope it wasn't trying to land on grass!
teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
15 Nov 2010 12:29PM
Superbly worked, as always, Pat and like Ronnie I find it very hard to believe this is a composite image. Terrifically atmospheric with brilliant dialogue to match. Fabulous work.
Blundez 9 3
15 Nov 2010 12:33PM
Lovely image and well crafted, Great sentiments especially at this time of year - Well done.
digiphoto 14 40 12 England
15 Nov 2010 12:54PM
Wel worth the effort. Must be seen large. Tony.
15 Nov 2010 2:19PM
Excellent work.
15 Nov 2010 5:07PM
Like the 'feel' of it very much. Nice work.
15 Nov 2010 5:33PM
Great stuff Pat, very well worked, and a smashing write up.

John Smile
stephenscott 7 8 2 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2010 6:45PM
Excellent piece of work Pat,and what another great write-up..

Jestertheclown 8 7.4k 249 England
15 Nov 2010 8:41PM
Hi Pat.

viscostatic 10 34 5 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2010 9:23AM
A beautifully worked image Pat.

harrattp 9 11 4 England
16 Nov 2010 6:51PM
Your work is outstanding and the narrative always completes the picture. Awesome.

UBOAT 9 41 Scotland
16 Nov 2010 7:47PM
Great composition Grampa, wonderful dramatic sky.

superb image,well done pat.ray
18 Nov 2010 10:49AM
Fabulous image Pat - well done

18 Nov 2010 9:39PM
Excellent work Pat, you've created another stunning masterpiece. Superb image.
20 Nov 2010 6:33AM
superb work as always and with always an interesting narrative Pat

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