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Debach And the B-17 'Liberty Belle', Suffolk - 12th July 2008

Nosher is invited over to Debach Airfield to take photos of a secret flypast of the B-17 "Liberty Belle", plus the Grace Spitfire and Maurice Hammond's Mustang, Janie, who are all flying around East Anglia for (the B-17 at least) probably the last time ever. The photo op itself is a bit of a bust, as the three iconic aircraft fly over the control tower of Debach at around 1,000 feet - far too high to get any decent photos. However, it's still a nice morning out of the office (plus it's nice to be invited), and it's always cool to see and hear aircraft like these doing their thing. Meanwhile, however, David "DH" Hardaker is over at Bentwaters (where the B-17 is temporarily based) getting in some cool close-up photos of the planes on the ground. (these photos, 0001.jpg-0144.jpg, © D. Hardaker)

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2008 The Grace Spitfire, with Mustang 'Janie' (both aircraft are loosely related by engine) in the background

The Grace Spitfire, with Mustang 'Janie' (both aircraft are loosely related by engine) in the background

2008 Spitfire: possibly the most gorgeous plane ever built

Spitfire: possibly the most gorgeous plane ever built

2008 The B-17 'Liberty Belle' taxis down the runway at Bentwaters

The B-17 'Liberty Belle' taxis down the runway at Bentwaters

2008 Liberty Belle with 4 Wright Cyclone engines idling

Liberty Belle with 4 Wright Cyclone engines idling

2008 The nose-work of Liberty Belle

The nose-work of Liberty Belle

2008

2008 Crowds mill around the Liberty Belle B-17

Crowds mill around the Liberty Belle B-17

2008 Ready for another trip around the skies of Suffolk

Ready for another trip around the skies of Suffolk

2008

2008 Liberty Belle takes off from Bentwaters

Liberty Belle takes off from Bentwaters

2008 Close-up of the nose-gunner's plexi-glass dome

Close-up of the nose-gunner's plexi-glass dome

2008 The co-pilot's stick in the B-17's cockpit

The co-pilot's stick in the B-17's cockpit

2008 B-17 controls

B-17 controls

2008 The waist-gunner's position

The waist-gunner's position

2008 Meanwhile, back at Debach, the lads put out a station ident

Meanwhile, back at Debach, the lads put out a station ident

2008 'Station 152's' sign is laid out

'Station 152's' sign is laid out

2008 Unlocking the control tower

Unlocking the control tower

2008 Poking around in the control tower

Poking around in the control tower

2008 A view over Debach airfield

A view over Debach airfield

2008 In the museum, there's a nice model of a B-24 'Liberator' (which Nosher's grandfather used to fly out of Aylsham in Norfolk)

In the museum, there's a nice model of a B-24 'Liberator' (which Nosher's grandfather used to fly out of Aylsham in Norfolk)

2008 Collections of wartime stuff in the museum

Collections of wartime stuff in the museum

2008 Close-up of the B-24's nose art-work - it's called 'The Shack'

Close-up of the B-24's nose art-work - it's called 'The Shack'

2008 Evocative bullet-ridden glass from the back of a gunner's seat

Evocative bullet-ridden glass from the back of a gunner's seat

2008 The lads in the tea hut

The lads in the tea hut

2008 Getting a brew on the go as we await the fly-past

Getting a brew on the go as we await the fly-past

2008 A few military vehicles are scattered around the control tower

A few military vehicles are scattered around the control tower

2008 Nearby, an MTB boat lies around with some foliage growing up through it

Nearby, an MTB boat lies around with some foliage growing up through it

2008 The new museum building

The new museum building

2008 Outside, a toilet is randomly lying around

Outside, a toilet is randomly lying around

2008 A look-out on top of the tower scopes out for action

A look-out on top of the tower scopes out for action

2008 Just a little later than scheduled, the Grace Spitfire (left), B-17 'Liberty Belle' and the P-51 Mustang 'Janie' fly over the tower

Just a little later than scheduled, the Grace Spitfire (left), B-17 'Liberty Belle' and the P-51 Mustang 'Janie' fly over the tower

2008 Janie, Liberty Belle and Grace fly on back to Bentwaters

Janie, Liberty Belle and Grace fly on back to Bentwaters

2008 The lads look out for a possible return

The lads look out for a possible return

2008

2008 Just in case...

Just in case...

2008 Meanwhile, back in the tower, an operative waits for dispatches...

Meanwhile, back in the tower, an operative waits for dispatches...

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The Grace Spitfire, with Mustang 'Janie' (both aircraft are loosely related by engine) in the background

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