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B17 - 486th Bomb Group

By patspeirs  
B17 Series

486th Bomb Group

The 486th was based at Sudbury, East Anglia, from early 1944 onwards during WW2 taking part in many of the daylight bombing missions of that time. A critical part of the B17 missions was ensuring that the necessary defensive formation was put together at an early stage of the flight. Some considerable time was required after take-off in forming up to 800 aircraft into a single effective group. The wartime logs for the 486th are available on the ínet and demonstrate the time required to achieve this link up with the other elements of the bombing force. A typical time line was a mission briefing at 0330, with engine start at 0650, takeoff at 0720 and the formation formed up, over Great Yarmouth, ready to depart for the target at 0910. The image shows some of the 486th in the early stages of formation join-up climbing out of the East Anglia base - they would return to Sudbury by mid afternoon, certainly one of íthe longest daysí.

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14 Aug 2012 4:43PM
Another cracker Pat.


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Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
14 Aug 2012 5:09PM
Hello stranger!
Great work again.
More importantly, I hope you're well.

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
14 Aug 2012 7:42PM
Top notch image, Pat, together with such informative intro.
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2012 8:33PM
Superb work Pat - terrific light on the planes Smile
14 Aug 2012 10:39PM
Thanks for the input, folks, much appreciated. Still hobbling along - a wee bit slower, but getting there. Good to hear from you all.

teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
15 Aug 2012 9:10AM
Superbly composed and processed image, Pat. Wonderful light, detail and perspective, accompanied by a great informative narrative.

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