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By patspeirs  
‘Some you win…………..’ (2)

Unlike the RAF and USAF the Luftwaffe did not rotate their aircrew and in the later stages of WW2 the Luftwaffe achieved a grossly imbalanced mix of very combat ‘savvy’ crews and ’newbies’. The image depicts a Luftwaffe pair of FW 190s bounced by prowling P51s, the battle hardened ‘experten’ immediately pulling into a hard break while the inexperienced pilot falls easy prey. The survivability of these superlative pilots is seen in the make-up of the post war Luftwaffe when Johannes Steinhoff, with 176 air combat victories, was appointed the first CinC of the post-war Luftwaffe, he was succeeded by Gunther Rall (275) and the all-time high scorer Erich Hartmann (352) retired as a Colonel in 1970. An essay in Darwinian theory!

Composite of aircraft images from various recent airshows and skyscape from my archives. The FW 190 is the A8/N variant - the N = nachbau - a ‘new’ build from a German company - perhaps not a restoration but still a piece of nostalgic magic in the skies. A companion image to ‘Butcher Bird’ posted a couple of weeks ago by my son - v8dunc.

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28 Feb 2010 10:50AM
Another great image Pat - great work !


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28 Feb 2010 10:54AM
a fab shot, well caught.

saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
28 Feb 2010 10:56AM
A superbbbbbb .love it
28 Feb 2010 10:57AM
Excellent image!
bokeh 10 2 Romania
28 Feb 2010 10:59AM
excellent capture
cassiecat 10 39 46 England
28 Feb 2010 11:21AM
nicely put together.lesley
clicknimagine 8 223 90 India
28 Feb 2010 11:35AM
fantastic man...
28 Feb 2010 11:49AM
Shroomer 11 14 167 England
28 Feb 2010 12:32PM
I was very fortunate to meet up with an ex 'Newbie' FW190 Pilot many years ago and his claim to fame in his words were that he had swum the channel twice. Said with a grin in his face. He had a problem that, although he was in a great fighter he lacked the experience and for some reason always had 'One of the Few' on his arse. His words. He used silk twice.
This has brought back fond memories to me of a wonderful evening's drinking with a very modest and humble gentleman.
The work on this image is again outstanding and a superb piece of work yet again.
When is the book being published
28 Feb 2010 12:46PM
Hi Richard - your comment brought back many memories of times in the Mess at RAF Geilenkirchen when we had guests over from the then very new Luftwaffe base at Norvennich - many tales- mostly tall I suspect, huge amounts of beer, and great camarederie especially amongst those who had WW2 experience. They were great guys with no thought of being on 'one side' or the other. My thanks for your input - working with Dunc trying to get a decent set of images together.
UBOAT 10 41 Scotland
28 Feb 2010 12:48PM
Great picture grampa and it is just as good as it's brother picture. See what you mean by some you win, most the time I lose.

28 Feb 2010 12:57PM
Hi Connor - what happened to the match at Elgin - weather cancellation. Give you time to get down to some photo work, where are the pics from your trip to Rannoch!!
UBOAT 10 41 Scotland
28 Feb 2010 1:10PM
Weather canceled the game and has left me a bit of time for pics.

sable 10 9 7 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2010 3:18PM
Another super piece of digital art my late Father would have loved these - Elizabeth
stephenscott 8 8 2 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2010 12:52AM
Another superb image pat and as useual outstanding write-up..

Canadiann 8 2 Canada
1 Mar 2010 12:14PM
Wow coming right at you. Another fine piece of work. Love them all.
1 Mar 2010 4:22PM
Another beautiful composition. Everyone, a masterpiece.
1 Mar 2010 5:32PM
Fantastic PF, love these aircraft pic's, so very real.

John Smile
metro074 8 8 Australia
5 Mar 2010 10:17AM

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