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A heavily armed FW-190 destroys a British Landcaster Bomber over Germany during a night mission.

This FW190 is armed with 2 × 13 mm (.51 in) MG 131 machine guns and 2 × 20 mm MG 151 cannons. The MG 151 cannon has been loaded with Minengeschoss ('mine-shell') ammunition originally developed in Germany and used in the Luftwaffe's larger caliber aircraft armament during World War II. This new type of high-explosive shell differed from conventional H.E. ammunition in that it had much thinner walls. The shell was drawn from high-quality steel, instead of having the explosives cavity drilled into a solid shot, which allowed thinner-wall construction and therefore a far greater amount of explosive filler.

Many fuel tanks were vulnerable on the Lancaster and between #2 and # 3 engines and the fuselage were located large tanks and they were the easiest ones to get to explode. “Lancs” used up fuel in the outboard tanks first; thus the center tanks always had fuel in them toward the end of the bombing mission.

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N0T3R Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
Very nice.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Noter, always nice to hear from you.
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warrior1944 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015
Awesome painting there and so detailed and perfect :D Thats the way to go FW 190, my fave fighter of all time :)
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, appreciate it.
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megadolon013 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
    The art is beautiful.  The sad truth is that the war was not only by America side.  The other nation that participated had terrible losses.  This is a reminder of that sad era in humanity history.   It is good to be reminded of it.  nd this is the way to do it.  The price of freedom.  Thanks for the reminder.  I will show it to old vets friends of mine.  They joke about it, but I like them know the price to be paid is high.  But we come to understand it.  Hope that it never happens again.
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ijnfleetadmiral Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
Very nice work!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you much.
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Hashashin619 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The pilots of WWII were pretty much like knight of the modern era, they fought with honour. Great  job!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was dangerous work on both sides. I have met and talked to several WW2 pilots and they talked about it as if it was just another job that had to be done. One mention that that it was the "88s" that scared us more than the fighter attacks.
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Hashashin619 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are right, after all it was a war and they were enemies, but still there are many amazing stories about incidents between German and Allied pilots what make me believe that humanity exist even in worst of all time, war. I don't know much about WWII but i do enjoy reading about epic fights between the WWII-pilots. I've heart a story about a German pilot who refused to shoot the British fighter down after he realized that the British pilot is out of munition, unfortunately i couldn't find the name of the pilots any more!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have heard that story also.
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Hashashin619 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)
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FeralLion Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
  One story that I love is about the Luftwaffe pilot who came upon a wounded B17 that was headed for the coast to hop the channel. He could have easily shot the heavy bomber down but as he closed he saw pieces falling off and the entire aircraft was shot to pieces. He came up along side the bomber and saw the crewmen tending to one of their wounded waist gunners. He couldn't bring himself to shoot. Even though the standing orders by the Nazi military leadership were to shoot down any bomber in German airspace, his commanding officer had an unofficial order that none of his pilots were to shoot down an enemy that could not fight back as it would be considered dishonorable. 
   So he did one of the bravest things he could. He escorted the bomber to the coast. The B17 crew were shocked when they looked over and saw this BF109 flying in formation with them. Initially he attempted to get them to turn and fly toward neutral Sweden but the boys wanted to make it back home to their air base. This was a very risky thing to do because if his aircraft had been spotted escorting the enemy home he would have been executed for treason. Also this was during a time when bombers were especially hated by the Germans because of how effectively they were knocking out resources. 

What's great about this story is that both the German and American pilots survived the war and were brought together and became very very close friends.

Story:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGzpEN…

Actual Meeting circa 1990:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8Ekmy…
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Hashashin619 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing story, thx for sharing the links^^!
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FeralLion Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You bet! Ya it's one of my favorites. I love war stories, especially those originating form WWII. 
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zulumike Featured By Owner Edited Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I try to approach my work based on facts, research and engineering dynamics of the event that I am presenting on "canvas".

It is based on a German pilot's perspective of him attacking a B-17's fuel tanks similar to the Lancaster I presented. See web site reference:Lt Franz Stigler, a 500mission veteran describes a 1944 attack against American bombers in the excerpt below: :
freepages.military.rootsweb.an…

Note the  reference photo of the ME109 attacking from the rear starboard side. In less than 2 seconds he has to shoot and move up to avoid collision. The flight path that I propose is based on this photo. Very Dangerous work.

"The position looks weird" because the heavy bomber's wing has been shot off and now has no lift, and has two 1,250 hp Merlin engines pulling an unbalance fuselage into a twisting (torque) downward spin, which I would expect based several laws of physics.

Thanks for the feedback and kind works its always good for discussion amongst our fellow artists and aviation enthusiasts.
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Zared-Tregonwell Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Great work. A really nice piece of art.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, appreciate it.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you to all for the kind words and feedback
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Cobler Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent interpretation......Giggle 
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015   Photographer
Great work!
And poor guys. That's how I feel about all the victims, on whichever side.
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work. :wow:
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
Great view from the Tempest diving right on the Hun's six.  Nice of you to link to the historical references.
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