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OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO.,LTD
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C5050Z
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RAMMING ! by zulumike RAMMING ! by zulumike
Late in World War II, the Luftwaffe used ramming to try to regain control of the air. The plan was to dissuade Allied bomber pilots from conducting bombing raids long enough for the Germans to create a significant number of Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighters to turn the tide of the air war. Only a single dedicated unit, Sonderkommando Elbe was ever formed to the point of being operational, and flew their only mission - only a month before the end of the war in Europe - on April 7, 1945. Although some pilots succeeded in destroying bombers, including one ramming during the sole mission that Sonderkommando Elbe undertook that took out two B-24s at once with one Bf 109G, Allied numbers were not significantly reduced.

Credits:
Me-109 model from www.colacola.se
B-17 model from "Wings of Power" for FSX.
BG sky from mayyang.com
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DemonDogMarine1960 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
I watched a show on The Military History Channel about this.  What insane asshole in the Luftwaffe thought this up?!!
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Hyginustus Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Student
still better tahn the Japanese tactics
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zulumike Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Desperate Times.
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akh101 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
that how it done!
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Tank50us Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
nice pic. I wonder if that particular B17 made it back though... (many did!)
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Asnavad Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
awsum
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zulumike Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.
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Teratophoneus Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
A nice pic , I like the detail a lot and how you displayed the whole thing. Only thing i have to critizize is the 109: It looks like a bf 109 E but those werent used anymore that late in the war. It should be a bf 109 g
Other than that,its epic :)
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zulumike Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, appreciate the feedback, glad you liked it.

Yes, I have been told about the accuacy of the models used during this time frame. I do appreciate the feedback from other members concerns and will be more accurate historically on my next compositions. Thanks again.
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NavJAG Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Fantastic detail work on this one - really conveys how horrific this desperate mission was!

One minor note - the red border around the U.S. insignia on the B-17's (and all US aircraft) was only used from July to September of 1943. It does look cool though!
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