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High in the Sunlit Silence

By patspeirs  
High in the sunlit silence’

What a difference a year makes - as a squadron of the 381st Bombardment Group completes another mission. This scenario, timed around September 1944, depicts the B17s in relaxed, somewhat open, formation while overseen by the escorting P51s. The aircraft have set aside the original olive drab camouflage paint scheme, now adopting a natural metal finish as the combined Allied forces achieve air superiority. Only a year ago this same Group had launched 22 aircraft on the first mission to Schweinfurt for only 11 to return.

Based at Ridgewell, England, the 381st was one of the most successful of the 8th Air Force Groups completing 296 missions between 22 June 1943 and 25 April 1945 - a hugely demanding rate of operations with missions being mounted virtually every 2nd day for the period.

The composite, comprising many images from recent airshows along with an archive skyscape, shows the returning Group aircraft in a rather loose formation in the final stage of the flight home in the last of the daylight.

Title is quote from 'High Flight'

Tags: Digital art

Voters: FredF, Image123, maryg and 18 more

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FredF 11 1 France
21 Oct 2009 9:49AM
Great work and information.


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21 Oct 2009 9:49AM
superb comp
maryg 9 66 18 Scotland
21 Oct 2009 10:00AM
Wonderful shot! Great work all round and very interesting write up

21 Oct 2009 10:19AM
Beautiful piece of work.
21 Oct 2009 10:22AM
Excellent work indeed !

RobRi 11 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2009 11:09AM
Fantastic pic. Very evocative.

TerryMcK 9 72 2 United Kingdom
24 Nov 2009 5:58PM
Superb creation with an interesting narrative. Good work indeed.
Goggz 11 2.3k 72 Wales
24 Nov 2009 6:20PM
That's quite nice Smile

I do seem to keep seeing the B17's in the b/g travelling away from the big 'un on a 90 degree track, but I can live with that optical illusion.

Cheers, Goggz

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