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The Ripening Harvest

By patspeirs  
The Ripening Harvest

The seeds were sown when Harris, chief of Bomber Command, commenting on the 1941 ‘blitz’ by the Luftwaffe said ‘they have sown the wind and shall reap the whirlwind’. By 1942 the RAF and RCAF were building up the heavy bomber night force of Lancaster, Halifax and Stirling aircraft and the USAF had started their first operations with B17s. By the autumn of 1943 the above combined forces were mounting round the clock operations from over 300 bases crammed into an area, 150 miles by 50 miles, from Cambridge to York and indeed the ‘harvest‘ was being reaped.

Travelling down to Duxford, via the A1, at the weekend I was struck by all the village sign-posts telling the names of so many famous WW2 bomber stations. The countryside was in full summer bloom and some background shots were taken, via the car window (thanks Connor), to add some colour to B17 composites.

The image depicts a commonplace event as a B17 Group lifts off from a Lincolnshire base - slowly climbing away and struggling to form the complex defensive formations necessary for daylight penetration into Europe. It would be more than two hours after take-off before all the aircraft, often up to 800, were assembled over East Anglia and ready to head east.

Composite from many airshow images and background from the low-flying car!!

Tags: Aircraft Digital art Ww2 B17

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18 Jul 2010 10:49AM
great shot

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saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
18 Jul 2010 11:06AM
A Superb capture ,very well taken and presented
18 Jul 2010 11:07AM
wow you learn something new every day had no idea 2hrs to get formed good composit again Pat and thanks for the narrative excellent
18 Jul 2010 11:26AM
Fabulous image/work Pat - well done

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
18 Jul 2010 11:36AM
Superb work here yet again, Pat. The composite image so cleverly done you'd hardly believe it's not a photo, and the accompanying narrative as always brings the whole package alive. Look forward to the next in the series!
jeronius 9 1 1 England
18 Jul 2010 11:57AM
Oh, this is great. The composition with the field and the aircraft rising into the sky is a wonderful concept.
PS Superb narrative.
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2010 12:26PM
Another excellent image.

UBOAT 10 41 Scotland
18 Jul 2010 12:36PM
Excellent composition Grampa, nice contrast of colours and framing. We were on photorecon in the car and was it windy couldn't hear a sound in the back.

looking foward to east fortune
W1ldside 8 29 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2010 4:27PM
Up up and away Jim ~ Stirring stuff
Regards Rick
Another excellent piece of work, Pat. Reminds me of the film 'Memphis Belle'. Great image and write up as always.
18 Jul 2010 4:57PM
Evocative stuff as usual Pat; always great to read your 'backgrounds'. The picture, as always, skilfully composed and so very well presented.
18 Jul 2010 6:24PM
Now that's low flying Pat, what a great shot, and some very interesting History too.

John Smile
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
18 Jul 2010 7:45PM
smashing comp.lesley
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
18 Jul 2010 8:53PM
Superb concept, very well done
harrattp 11 11 4 England
18 Jul 2010 9:26PM
Fantastic image Pat, you can almost here the engines and believe it was a war time shot.

Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
18 Jul 2010 9:28PM
Great stuff once again Pat.

teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
19 Jul 2010 8:28AM
Superb composite Pat - processed to perfection and wonderfully atmospheric and nostalgic. The narrative is pure magic and complements the image perfectly.
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2010 8:31AM
wonderful work Pat, the way you have blended this together with the ripe fields of grain the shadow of the aircraft on the field as it flies low and the others fading into infinity - great work

mrjt 12 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2010 7:59PM
Hi first visit, a great gallery, and write up. your images are very well presented.....Jack.
19 Jul 2010 8:06PM
Brilliant, emotional, informative and technically excellent image Pat!

I think I got #30 too - congratulations - well deserved,

metro074 8 8 Australia
19 Jul 2010 10:28PM
A superb image. Love the formation of take off. Excellent write up. Smile
Shroomer 11 14 167 England
20 Jul 2010 9:39AM
A cracking compilation and work Pat and well done Connor on the landscape. Great teamwork. Love the narrative and again this superb work as always worked to perfection.
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2010 7:33PM


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