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Feathered_IV
08-02-2007, 08:25 AM
I wonder if anyone here can help. More out of curiosity than anything, I was hoping to get a second look at a photograph I once saw years ago.

It was a low altitude shot taken by a photo recon Spitfire over occupied Holland. The picture showed a stretch of roadway, and a young Dutch boy who had jumped from his bicycle and was waving madly at the passing aircraft. Alongside him was a big V for victory that he had scratched in the dirt.
As I understand it, the photo was later used as the basis of a postage stamp that was issued by the Dutch govenment in exile.

Haven't been able to find it on the net. But if you have better luck, I'll give you a cookie http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Feathered_IV
08-02-2007, 08:25 AM
I wonder if anyone here can help. More out of curiosity than anything, I was hoping to get a second look at a photograph I once saw years ago.

It was a low altitude shot taken by a photo recon Spitfire over occupied Holland. The picture showed a stretch of roadway, and a young Dutch boy who had jumped from his bicycle and was waving madly at the passing aircraft. Alongside him was a big V for victory that he had scratched in the dirt.
As I understand it, the photo was later used as the basis of a postage stamp that was issued by the Dutch govenment in exile.

Haven't been able to find it on the net. But if you have better luck, I'll give you a cookie http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

leitmotiv
08-02-2007, 09:00 AM
Have never seen it. Must be a classic.

MEGILE
08-02-2007, 09:24 AM
ditto

ploughman
08-02-2007, 09:25 AM
Sounds very like the bit of footage from A Bridge Too Far were the recon Spit flies over the Dutch kid who is a courier for the resistance as it takes happy snaps of German armour at the edge of a wood. I dare say one is inspired by the other.

flox
08-02-2007, 01:38 PM
I spent about an hour searching and haven't turned anything up. Somebody find it please, I'm dyin' with curiosity!

F22-NightHawk
08-02-2007, 02:38 PM
I met the kid from a bridge to far who waves to the spitfire,he is a teacher now at a school in Arnhem.I got time off school a couple of years ago to go to Arnhem and watch my dad parachute out of a C47,On the way back to England a school asked us to stop by on the way back so we did.We got talking to one of the teachers and thats when he told us.He has a still from the film on his desk when the Spitfire is right over head,Lucky Man! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

F22-NightHawk
08-02-2007, 02:38 PM
But sry,not seen the photo

nickdanger3
08-02-2007, 03:00 PM
You got me looking too. No joy but I did come across this page:

http://www.psywar.org/stamps.php

Stamp forgeries of WWII Espionage/Psy-Ops - I had no idea. What a fascinating story.

paddy06
08-02-2007, 03:08 PM
I guess the picture your refering to is a still from the movie 'a bridge too far'. It was right at the beginning of the movie that this particulair scene was shown.

But alas, no cookie.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sadeyes.gif

zardozid
08-02-2007, 03:35 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I guess the picture your refering to is a still from the movie 'a bridge too far'. It was right at the beginning of the movie that this particulair scene was shown. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


good movie, but I don't remember him scratching a victory sign in the dust. I don't think they showed the pilots view of the boy, just the boy waving at the "spit" as it tips its wings in recognition.

Feathered_IV
08-02-2007, 07:19 PM
The original shot I saw was in a book on the history of photo recon. I should also mention that you could plainly see the shadow of the Spit passing over the kid too....

Waldo.Pepper
08-02-2007, 09:24 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">was in a book </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I still believe in ya Feathered. I think this rings a bell actually. I used to have a great book called Evidence in Camera. (someone borrowed it and I never got it back! GRRR I hate that!)

If you can track it down at a library or something Just a thought.

ploughman
08-03-2007, 04:19 AM
Oooh, good lead. I've spent a few hours looking, no joy though. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sadeyes.gif

leitmotiv
08-03-2007, 05:22 AM
Was it in Constance Babington-Smith's famous book on RAF photo recon in WWII, AIR SPY? Here is a list of her publications from ever-reliable Abe:

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?sts=t&an=...NGTON-SMITH&y=6&x=62 (http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?sts=t&an=CONSTANCE+BABINGTON-SMITH&y=6&x=62)

Feathered_IV
08-03-2007, 05:40 AM
Tearing my hair out too!!

I'm pretty sure this was the one. I always remered it as the one with the 'white cover':

http://g-ec2.images-amazon.com/images/I/51RTBT3PCML._SS500_.jpg

http://www.amazon.com/Allied-Photo-Reconnaisance-World-War/dp/1571451617

leitmotiv
08-03-2007, 07:18 AM
Well, it took me nearly 50 years to track down a film I saw as a wee lad in which a WWII US Navy blimp attacked a U-boat, was hit by return fire, and was brought down.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038163/

I am still trying to find the film snippet in a documentary I saw as a child of a zeppelin catching fire in mid air, falling to earth in flames, and, by the time it hit the ground, it was completely reduced to its aluminum skeleton---an extremely impressive sight (no, not thinking of HINDENBURG).

Waldo.Pepper
08-04-2007, 02:52 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/WaldoPepper/evidence%20in%20camera/08-04-2007014338PM.jpg

I suspect this is the image you are looking for. The one I mentioned from Evidence in Camera.

Arms1
08-04-2007, 03:55 PM
good work waldo, damn good optics in those pr aircraft at that time! good depth of field and resolution taken by an a/c moving fast.

Deadmeat313
08-04-2007, 04:02 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Waldo.Pepper:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/WaldoPepper/evidence%20in%20camera/08-04-2007014338PM.jpg

I suspect this is the image you are looking for. The one I mentioned from Evidence in Camera. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

That's not the "V for victory" sign. He's throwing the horns!

Sign of the devil, dude! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

T.

Taylortony
08-04-2007, 04:04 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Waldo.Pepper:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/WaldoPepper/evidence%20in%20camera/08-04-2007014338PM.jpg

I suspect this is the image you are looking for. The one I mentioned from Evidence in Camera. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hey look....Is that Oleg in the foreground holding up 2 fingers and shouting "TWO WEEKS" ????? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

Kongo Otto
08-04-2007, 04:08 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Ploughman:
Sounds very like the bit of footage from A Bridge Too Far were the recon Spit flies over the Dutch kid who is a courier for the resistance as it takes happy snaps of German armour at the edge of a wood. I dare say one is inspired by the other. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


You are rigth. It is from a "Bridge to far"

ddpairborne59
08-04-2007, 08:28 PM
Hey look....Is that Oleg in the foreground holding up 2 fingers and shouting "TWO WEEKS" ????? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif[/QUOTE]
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif LMAO

Feathered_IV
08-05-2007, 09:27 AM
Waldo you did it!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif

This ones for you:
http://a5.vox.com/6a00c10e0f71aad3b400c2251c272df219-500pi


Funny how much my imagination embellished it over the years http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif