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The film starts in 1940, some mention is made of the Americans entering the war, but this is strictly a RAF show. A lady who helped rivet, what was called 10,000 rivets flying in close formation, even has them try their hand at riveting. They put on full gear and show how hard it was for a tail gunner to squeeze into his position. This is also a departure from many other films in that the enlisted men of the crew are interviewed about how their jobs were carried out. Too often these men are forgotten, it is commendable that they were included.
German pilots are interviewed, even one showing his record of the Lancasters he shot down. A pub that was frequented by the airman is visited. They go to Hamburg to talk to survivors of the firestorm raid. This is a complete look at the bomber boys. One can only wish there was as complete of a record like this of their American counterparts with each of the American bombers.
The film ends with the unbelievable fact that the bomber command and their men were almost shunned by any memorial, one only being dedicated recently; mainly because of the Dresden firebombing.
This is a wonderful account. However it has no subtitles; and for a film that many of an older generation might want to see and listen to, one would think subtitles would have been included. There are no extras on the disc.
The losses taken by the bomber crews of the British bomber force and the American 8th Air Force is truly staggering. It is also not well-known except among history buffs.
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The best documentary iv'e ever seen about the Lancaster......StunningPublished 4 months ago by Andrew Cave
More of an excuse to write off the cost of flying a DC-3 and a short spin in the right seat of a Lancaster than a history of RAF Bomber Command during World War 2.Published 4 months ago by skp