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'The Long Road Home'

By patspeirs  
Mustang Series
B17 Series

The Long Road Home

With formation discipline slightly relaxed as the Group leaves the threat of Luftwaffe attacks behind a huge tract of sky is painted by the ‘Mighty 8th’. The various squadrons of the B17 Group show several ‘holes’ in the formation make-up as less fortunate aircraft have failed to complete the trip. Also relaxed are the escorting P51s at the end of a long mission for single-seat fighters - the whole panorama illustrates the huge impact that the US 8th Air Force made on the European WW2 campaign.

While thankful to be nearly home they would be off again in a couple of days for another similar sortie - by this time a crew would be required to undertake no less than 35 missions to complete their operational tour, a daunting task with a very low probability of success.

My thanks to Connor for the suggestion for the 'design' for this one.

Tags: Mustang Aircraft Digital art Ww2 B17

Voters: Cormy, conrad, Glyn1 and 19 more


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Comments


conrad 13 10.9k 116
5 Dec 2011 12:04PM
Looks like a scene from a war film - very realistic, well done!

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Cormy 10 3 England
5 Dec 2011 12:05PM
Not on here much these days but find your work inspirational on several different levels.
Cheers
Alan
Glyn1 8 4 1 England
5 Dec 2011 12:07PM
Excellently put together.

Glyn
5 Dec 2011 12:26PM
utterly stunning work
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
5 Dec 2011 1:01PM
Another excellent presentation and historical narrative, Pat: as ever your work is so fascinating to view and instructive to those of us less well versed (in my case, completely ignorant) in such matters.
Ronnie.
5 Dec 2011 1:24PM
Excellent as ever.
Peterpools 6 2 2 United States
5 Dec 2011 1:45PM
Magnificent. As a pilot, nothing could be better then the sound of a Mustang Merlin.
Peter
Jestertheclown 9 7.6k 252 England
5 Dec 2011 4:39PM

Quote:nothing could be better then the sound of a Mustang Merlin.

'Rolls-Royce Merlin?'

The Mustang originally had an Allison engine. The Merlin was added later and was never intended for the Mustang.
Oliverpants 8 2 2 England
5 Dec 2011 4:50PM
Great work. Ann
Niknut Plus
7 1.6k 76 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2011 5:06PM
Wow !....very impressive !!!!
scartlane 6 68 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2011 9:40PM
Fantastic, looks like a scence from the battle of britain.
6 Dec 2011 8:04AM
Another brilliant composition Pat. I love Mustangs. As always an excellent narrative


Quote:nothing could be better then the sound of a Mustang Merlin.
'Rolls-Royce Merlin?'

The Mustang originally had an Allison engine. The Merlin was added later and was never intended for the Mustang.



I thought the later P51 flew with a Merlin licence built by Packard?

Mick
Jestertheclown 9 7.6k 252 England
6 Dec 2011 11:36AM

Quote:I thought the later P51 flew with a Merlin licence built by Packard?

The later ones did, which is what I said above.
I know for certain that "Big Beautiful Doll" (or the original aircraft at least) depicted here was Merlin powered but the first Mustangs off of the production line and indeed from the drawing board, were powered by an Allison which turned out to be a very underpowered choice.
Hence the adoption of the Merlin, which by that time had proved its worth in plenty of RAF aircraft.
UBOAT 10 41 Scotland
10 Dec 2011 3:04PM
Nice work again grampa/

connor

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