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'Night Stalker'

By patspeirs  
Night Stalker

During 1943 as the RAF Bomber Command raids became more persistent and effective the Luftwaffe needed to come up with a fresh approach to combating the bomber force. Lacking the sophisticated Command and Control facility that had served the RAF so well in 1941 the Luftwaffe took a more direct approach. Experienced single seat fighter pilots were given a ‘box’ in the sky where they had complete freedom to intercept and attack enemy aircraft - within this box anti-aircraft fire was restricted to below 20,000 ft. - this approach was referred to as Wilde Sau or Wild Boar tactics. The Luftwaffe ‘experten’ well used to their favourite Bf 109 and FW 190 mounts soon made their mark especially on nights where there was some moonlight - spectacularly so over Berlin on the night of 23/24 August 1943 when 57 RAF aircraft were claimed by Wilde Sau operations.

The composite shows a typical Wilde Sau approach with the FW 190 running in from astern and below - the bomb-bay and fuel tanks were prime aiming points - with little risk to the fighter as long as the Lancaster rear gunner failed to pick up the small approaching target. Images from recent airshows and skyscape from the library.

Tags: Aircraft Digital art Lancaster Ww2

Voters: DeSilver, iMation, saeidNL and 19 more

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iMation 7 1 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2011 9:48AM
Just one thing out of place in this picture. The moon, i think its too detailed with the cloud cover and should be higher in the sky to represent the shine on the aircraft.

Brilliant, very well done

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saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
23 Feb 2011 10:01AM
What fantastic and wonderful capture and work,very well done,
23 Feb 2011 10:14AM
Just one thing out of place in this picture. The moon, i think its too detailed with the cloud cover and should be higher in the sky to represent the shine on the aircraft.

Fair comment, the angles are a bit shallow. Your input much appreciated.

alansnap 14 577 26 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2011 10:49AM
Well, given the work you've put into this excellent composite, I can forgive the position of the moon Pat Smile
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
23 Feb 2011 10:50AM
A most impressive image, Pat: doubt if I would have picked up on the above observation by "iMation". I do not think it really detracts from the the overall impact. As always, I gain so much from your attached history.
23 Feb 2011 11:05AM
Another excellent image Pat and as always the narrative is very informative keep up the good work
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2011 2:06PM

Canadiann 8 2 Canada
24 Feb 2011 7:07PM
Hi Pat, how are you and the family? Another super piece of work and I can see what they mean about the moon. However still an outstanding job. Sorry I have missed so much. You will understand I am sure.
Ann xxx
UBOAT 10 41 Scotland
24 Feb 2011 10:20PM
A great composition. Must be some my most favorite work you have done and have always thought thats your lancaster ones are best as they have the most drama and are brilliantly done with a great story.

24 Feb 2011 10:44PM
Thanks to all who commented on this posting - will have to rework this one to take heed of the points made in the comment columns. Your input is valued and much appreciated - will repost in a few days.

Pat - still slightly Grumpy!

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