Quoted TextI was about to put up this set of formation illustrations from you know where and see you beat me to it. I'm following this project with interest. I'm not sure I've seen anyone else try it. I'm no animator, but it might be a good subject for a YouTube video as well.
Thank you for looking in Brian. Means a lot to me as I have been rereading your books before starting on the 20 planes of the 303rd BG high group part of this project. The 303rd had no aborts and no losses that day on their July 29, 1943 (Combat Mission Number 55) . I assume the 303 BG was a tighter group formation with their more experienced crews?
Hope you don't mind the link I placed earlier to your LL build?
You and HG are creating a work of art that has been a learning tool. So much information collected to document that history and much appreciated.
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you.
I like what you are doing here, including the fact that it's not digital. I would bet you could do a decent video or more formal post just by interspersing the text of the mission reports with your diorama-like formation diagrams. Think of it as a movie storyboard.
The 379th was a good group, especially after Col. Lewis Lyle assumed command. The "hard luck group" in the 41st CBW (Combat Bombardment Wing) was the 384th.
A tight group formation could mean fewer losses as the Luftwaffe looked for easier targets. Position in the wing formation was also a factor, with the most vulnerable position being the low group. And last but not least was LUCK on any given day.