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'Home is the Hunter.....'

By patspeirs  
‘Home is the hunter….’

A section of Spitfires, sortie complete, swings over ‘home’, in this case an English Manor house, taken over as Mess accommodation during the height of WW2. The base would be located nearby and a low pass on to the approach ensures that the Mess staff have the tea freshly prepared and the bar declared open - OK, forget the tea. Probably rattled the windows and tinkled the chandeliers as well!

It was not unusual for such ‘homes’ to be taken over as military establishments and many Squadrons, US as well as RAF, enjoyed such superlative accommodation. Typical in this respect was Petwood House, in Lincolnshire, the home Mess of 617 Squadron - the ‘Dam Busters’ - the house today is a very fine hotel with the bar dedicated to 617 memorabilia, well worth a visit.

Also, it was not unusual for Squadrons, (145 Polish) in this case, to have a mix of Spitfire Mks in their inventory, some squadron commanders hanging on to older Mks as their personal favourites. The attachment of fighter pilots to their steeds is so well described in ‘The Big Show’ by Pierre Clostermann - one of the finest personal histories to come out of WW2.

As always the image is a composite of aircraft photographs from Duxford airshows and background scenery from the archives.

Tags: Digitally manipulated

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saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
20 Feb 2010 11:22AM
great captured.

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20 Feb 2010 11:43AM
Great image, well done !

metro074 8 8 Australia
20 Feb 2010 11:58AM
My favourite aircrftaft. Brilliant image.
mitchy81 9 1 18 England
20 Feb 2010 12:40PM
Another well created image, I could see your work on modern day Airfix kits. (sure someone would of said that already).
alansnap 14 577 26 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2010 2:08PM
Very cleverly done, and of course being Spits gets my interest immediately Smile
20 Feb 2010 3:51PM
Love your images. They are always beautifully composed and masterfully done. Another superb addition to your P/F.
20 Feb 2010 4:51PM
Just to add, 'The Big Show' was one of the best, personal reads I have had and one of many on the exploits of the few during WW2, highly recommended to anyone interested.
clicknimagine 8 221 88 India
20 Feb 2010 6:17PM
wonderfully captured the motion...
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
20 Feb 2010 9:28PM
Another good 'un Pat.
Still haven't found the image I'm looking for of the 109 with the "Condor Legion" logo. I'm sure I've got one somewhere.
stephenscott 8 8 2 United Kingdom
21 Feb 2010 6:11PM
Such amazing image pat.So well taken iam giving you my user award for this week,i look foward to more of your images..

21 Feb 2010 6:21PM
Thank you Steve - most encouraging. More in the pipeline.
Scaramanga Plus
10 56 6 United Kingdom
21 Feb 2010 10:37PM
Brilliant, looking forward to browsing your p/f when a little more clear headed.

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