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B17 - 487th Bomb Group

By patspeirs  
B17 Series

487th Bomb Group

The 487th was based at Lavenham, Suffolk, throughout the 8th Air Force period of operations in the European theatre during WW2. Initially equipped with B24 the group soon transferred to the B17 and adopted the colourful livery as shown in the print, confirmed by contemporary colour photographs. Seen here at the final stage of the approach to the target as the aircraft turn on to the attack heading - the formation perhaps slightly loose as the crews struggle with heavily laden aircraft - remember most pilots had only a few hundred hours experience. A section of the escorting P47 - Thunderbolts - keeps a watchful eye from their high perch.

The 487 th , comprising three Squadrons, operated from Apr 1944 to Apr 1945 flying 185 missions and suffering the loss of 57 aircraft from combat and accident causes.

Tags: Digital art

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helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2012 3:13PM
Very colourful - well put together with a superb cloud formation Pat SmileSmile

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
14 Sep 2012 3:47PM
Beautifully compiled image, Pat, and as always accompanied by an excellent bit of historical narrative.
Your work is always such a pleasure to view.
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
14 Sep 2012 4:47PM
Excellent work Pat.
conrad 13 10.9k 116
14 Sep 2012 5:00PM
After just having clicked on your images so many times without saying much, let me say this time that I really like how you create the illusion of seeing these warplanes in reality, how you almost make me believe I was there at the time to witness them going on missions. This is one of those examples, it really does feel like I'm in the air myself, watching these aircraft. Well done - again!
14 Sep 2012 6:36PM
Conrad - many thanks for 'seeing' the effect that I try to attain, most gratified that you sense the 'being there' feeling. Makes my day!!

14 Sep 2012 9:33PM
Superb image again Pat. Wonderful work.

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