Last One Home
A pair of �tail end charlies� make a lonely way home to base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire after a mission in late 1943. The last aircraft in each of the high, lead and low formation boxes were classed as �tail end charlies� - not an enviable place to be. Now lagging even further behind the two 351st Group B17s slip over the cloud cover as an early winter sunset lights up the sky.
The 351st were one of the first groups, of the US 8th Air Force, to start operations and continued combat missions until April 1945. The group flew 311 combat missions for a loss of 175 B17s and crews - not an atypical loss rate for daylight operations.
Have been interested in photography since just after WW2, when film became freely available again, using Kodak Autographic equipment. Graduated, in the 50's, to 35mm and was involved in photographic work during my 17 yrs as RAF aircrew - navigator. Since retirement and migrating to Canon digital equipment have been involved with two of my sons and one grandson in a considerable amount of photographic activity, particularly composite images. Now producing digital art prints with the major emphasis on classic warbird aviation.
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