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'Bomber's Moon'

By patspeirs  
‘Bomber’s Moon’ - Lancaster Series (5)

Although this was a term used, loosely, during WW2 in reality this weather condition was much more a Hunter’s Moon. The Lancaster force much preferred a moonless or overcast condition that made the task of the prowling Luftwaffe night fighters so much more difficult - the downside was that such weather also screwed up the navigation conditions! By 1944 even the shield afforded to the Lancaster force by poor weather was being eroded by the increasing technical superiority of the newer radar equipped Luftwaffe aircraft. In particular the ’Schrage Musik’ cannon fitted Bf110, Ju88 and the new He219 Uhu (Owl) were especially deadly being able to fire upwards at close range from just underneath the bomber.

The effect of these advances can be seen in the combat statistics for Luftwaffe night-fighter crews with over fifty crews credited with 50+ combat kills and at least two crews with over 100. The nightly air battle was very delicately poised as the RAF bomber force could not sustain a loss rate in excess of 4% - shortage of fuel and attrition of the more experienced Luftwaffe crews would eventually swing the result in favour of the RAF. But, t’was indeed a close run thing!

Composite image of airshow photographs and skyscape etc from the archives - a partial rework of an older image.

Tags: Aircraft Digital art Lancaster Ww2

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Comments


26 Mar 2010 4:22PM
WOW! this is fantastic Pat', one of your VERY best.

John Smile

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RichPitman 6 16 1 England
26 Mar 2010 4:25PM
Fabulous image and a very interesting description. Smile

Rich
borrower 6 4 England
26 Mar 2010 4:34PM
A must view large... superb work, wonderfully done, perfect.
Louise
lawbert 9 1.8k 15 England
26 Mar 2010 4:44PM
Excellent work...Fantastic image.
Paul
Cormy 8 3 England
26 Mar 2010 4:47PM
A haunting image.Superb.
Cheers
Alan
saeidNL 6 3 Netherlands
26 Mar 2010 4:53PM
Brilliant shot ,verywell taken.thanks for info.
saeid
Shroomer 9 14 167 England
26 Mar 2010 5:09PM
A superb and technical documentary Pat topped off with a superb image that really comes to life with atmosphere
Richard
26 Mar 2010 5:54PM
Very good indeed. Excellent write up also.
26 Mar 2010 6:44PM
A magnificent and well informed series of images. Your commentary adds so much to the realism and authenticity of your images.
David
rockfish 6 1 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2010 8:28PM
Your work has great authenticity and power, because you use your technical ability to make such fine images as a tribute to those brave men. Thanks you.
Peter
26 Mar 2010 8:51PM
great art work and found the description really interesting too.
fish.
UBOAT 8 41 Scotland
27 Mar 2010 3:13PM
Great rework Grampa looks great.

connor
viscostatic 9 33 5 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2010 6:01PM
A great image with interesting information.

Phil.
27 Mar 2010 9:06PM
Superb image!! I like this one Smile
Carol
27 Mar 2010 11:24PM
Excellent and a well deserved award, richly deserved.
Tony
LynneJoyce Plus
7 20 99 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2010 11:52PM
Very clever!
James_G 8 166 5
30 Mar 2010 8:33AM
Love the atmosphere on this one. Excellent.
Nicely atmospheric,

Michael

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