The Long Road Home
With formation discipline slightly relaxed as the Group leaves the threat of Luftwaffe attacks behind a huge tract of sky is painted by the ‘Mighty 8th’. The various squadrons of the B17 Group show several ‘holes’ in the formation make-up as less fortunate aircraft have failed to complete the trip. Also relaxed are the escorting P51s at the end of a long mission for single-seat fighters - the whole panorama illustrates the huge impact that the US 8th Air Force made on the European WW2 campaign.
While thankful to be nearly home they would be off again in a couple of days for another similar sortie - by this time a crew would be required to undertake no less than 35 missions to complete their operational tour, a daunting task with a very low probability of success.
My thanks to Connor for the suggestion for the 'design' for this one.
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