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Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby! by itifonhom Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby! by itifonhom
 "Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby" was a B-17 bomber of WW2 and was named by her crew for a song of the same name made popular by The Andrews Sisters, the favourite song of its crew chief T/Sgt. Hank Cordes. Photographs of the bomber indicate that a third "Shoo" was added to the name at some point in May 1944 when the original aircraft commander completed his tour of duty and was replaced by another pilot.
The nose art on the airframe was one of some 130 pieces painted by line mechanic Tony Starcer for "The Ragged Irregulars", this one based on Alberto Vargas' "Hawaii" Esquire pin up art.
    On 26 April 1944 she flew her final mission. The crew's navigator, 2nd Lt. John M. Lowdermilk, described the circumstances of Shoo Shoo Baby's final mission:
“Soon after we crossed the German border, we lost number three engine, I believe because of losing oil pressure. Bob could not get the prop feathered (rotated 90° to put the blade edge perpendicular to the airflow). It continued to windmill (turn without power in the airflow) the entire trip with no vibration. We attempted to stay in formation with three engines but found this impossible and had to drop out. We continued on course to the best of my ability. We were losing altitude but continued to the target and dropped our bombs. Flying alone toward the Baltic Sea, we saw many German fighters attacking formations of B-17s and could not understand why they didn’t pick us out as a straggler. Before we reached the Baltic Sea, we lost the second engine, and the decision had to be made to go to Sweden because we could not make it back to England. Bob asked for a course to Sweden, and I charted one to a little town called Ystad in the very southernmost part of Sweden.

All loose equipment, including machine guns, radio equipment, and clothing, was thrown overboard in order to lighten the ship. An attempt was made to drop the ball turret, but it wouldn’t move.

As we approached the coastline, Bob was interested in knowing whether or not it was Sweden. I confidently stated that it was, but after the flak started coming up as we got over land, I wasn’t so sure. All of it was low, and I believe the Swedes were just telling us ‘Don’t try anything.’ Just before we reached land we lost the third engine, and we were losing altitude fast. A Swedish (J 9) fighter came up and led us to Malmö, Sweden, where a B-24, also in trouble, landed just ahead of us. Actually, we had to swing wide to keep from colliding."  (Source: Wikipedia)

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:icongymnosophist:
gymnosophist Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Professional Writer
:XD::XD: Fabulous! ...
My father worked on B-17s during WW II & I vividly recalling him telling me about when he returned from the War...
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Many many thanks, really glad you liked it!! :-) 
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:icongymnosophist:
gymnosophist Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Professional Writer
:D You're dearly welcome... :heart:
Always makes me smile to see a B-17...
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ColubrineDeuce Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional Photographer
Great work.
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Thank you so much!! :-)
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Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Excellent - such a perfect pose for such an iconic aircraft.
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
   Thank you so much, appreciate your comment!!
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michaelamanor Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
We don't know how much longer it will be at the museum in Dayton. The people of Dayton helped rebuild it, but it's scheduled to be taken to the Smithsonian. The museum is currently refurbishing other B-17s including the Memphis Belle, but it is unlikely the restorations will match the excellence of this craft. 
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
    Its a great aircraft indeed, wish I could visit it sometime. Thank you for commenting!
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playboyvicferarri Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Awsome!!!
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Many many thanks!!
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warrior1944 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
That is your best creation so far, stunning to look at! :)
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Thank you so much my friend, appreciate your comment!
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RDF-73 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
beautiful shot of the good old B-17 
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
 Thank you so much!!
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RDF-73 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
your welcome
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ijnfleetadmiral Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
VERY nice!
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Thank you!!!
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:iconn0t3r:
N0T3R Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Beautiful render, great job on the aluminum skin.
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Thank you so much my friend, appreciate your comment!!!
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:icongarryts:
garryts Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very classy render! Bult a couple of those from Airfix kits when I was a young lad - never looked as good as  that! Great job! :-D
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Thank you so much!! Build one myself in 1/72 when I was young and it looked really crap, had to try once more some day!!
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:icongarryts:
garryts Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, 1/72 scale model - that was it! I used to spend ages building those things!
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
    So many beautiful memories from back then!  :-)
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Kreba Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
damn that's good, i love the outcome of this piece.
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
   Thank you very very much Sir!
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2753Productions Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic work and nice historical lesson!  I've added this fabulous piece to the group featured gallery in :iconc4dusers: :D
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
   Thank you so much, I feel honoured!!  :-)
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2753Productions Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Welcome!  Beautiful render!
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BroDash Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Amazing artwork!
Quick question: Where is the ball turret? Is it on the top or on the tail?
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Thank you so much! The ball turret is hidden on this view, behind number two engine.
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BroDash Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
You're welcome! And thanks for the intel!
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STXSabre Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Ho-ly sh-it. My grandfather back in the day restored this exact aircraft with the 512th antique restoration group! This is by far my favorite piece yet!
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
   Thank you for the comment, really glad you liked it!
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SDU-7 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Terrific design.....  :)
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Thank you!!  :-)
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Abelot Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Wonderful work,welldisplayed.really like the whole scene
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Thank you so much!!
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Thank you but I won't because I can't see the main site. Means I have no idea what's all about. 
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mbnn1079 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Just superb!
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Thank you! :-)
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dangeruss Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice. Love the composition and the impact of not showing the entire aircraft. I think it's great that we can see the crew members.
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
   I played with a tighter crop too, which also looks ok but I preferred this version better. The crew members were a small pain but they came out quite good at the end! Thank you for your kind comment!!!
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Stargatepony Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Also Man, Did ya know I went into an actual B-17 And got to sit in the pilot seat? Over 50 gauges, buttons, and switches If I remember correctly, But man, it was Small.
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
   Never thought that anything in a B-17 could be small but Im sure youre quite right! Id love to have such a chance too someday!
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Stargatepony Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, It's Amazing. Being inside the Gunner seats and the pilots seat looking at all the Gauges and Levers, boy, Outside it looks big, but Inside it feels small but it was an Incredible honor to be Inside. :) Hope you get to be in one Someday because it's just amazing....
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  I hope so, but I dont think this will happen ever in Germany!!  :-)
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:iconstargatepony:
Stargatepony Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
By the way, My Grandpa flew one of these home when it had an engine not functioning, and most of the wings gone? (In Holes)
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Cheers!  :-)
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