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RAF Bomber Command
on November 16, 2012
This 89 minute DVD is strictly about the Lancaster bombers in the RAF Bomber command in WWII. The presentation is excellent. It uses period films and interviews from those who were flying in the Lancaster. Actor Ewan McGregor and his brother Colin, a former RAF pilot explore the Lancaster during the war years. Colin, the former RAF pilot goes through a recreation of how the Lancaster pilots would have been trained. We really get the feel of how hard it was to fly these planes, even for an experienced pilot, much less a new one.
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.