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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Simply Media
  • DVD Release Date: 17 May 2004
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00021Y940
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,921 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This unique title tells the story of those 'forgotten' or overlooked wartime British bombers aircraft such as the Anson, Battle, Harrow, Bombay, Wellesley, Hampden, Whitley, Halifax, Stirling, Maryland, Baltimore, Vengeance, Hudson/Ventura, Liberator and B-17. All are seen here in RAF service. Rare film footage, some of it never seen before; illustrates crew interviews. Aviation historian Robin Neillands, author of The Bomber War provides the commentary.

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Mr. F. Ledwidge VINE VOICE on 22 Feb. 2005
Of all the many DVDs about dealing with wartime aircraft, this is undoubtedly one of the best. An account of lesser known pre-war types such as the Henley sets us of to a great start and this tone is maintained by some really good commentary and footage of later British and American bombers in RAF service.
Whatever your level of expertise it is likely that you will learn something new from this documentary. Well worth buying
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. Altink on 17 July 2011
Very good collection of material about the types that are usually only mentioned or all together overlooked. Types shown are:

- Avro Anson
- Fairey Battle
- Handley Page Harrow
- Bristol Bombay
- Vickers Wellesley
- Handley Page Hampden
- Vickers Wellington
- Armstrong Whitworth Whitley
- Handley Page Halifax
- Short Stirling
- Bristol Blenheim
- Martin Maryland
- Martin Baltimore
- Vultee Vengeance
- Lockheed Hudson
- Lockheed Ventura
- Consolidated Liberator
- Boeing Flying Fortress

All featured in RAF service.

In between are commentaries by war time veterans that flew some of the types, giving account of their experiences and commentary by aviation historian Robin Neillands, author of "the Bomber War".

A bonus feature is about the manufacturing of Lancasters in Canada.

All in all a very enjoyable DVD to watch. Definitely recommended.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By R. F. Stevens HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 15 Aug. 2011
My uncle was shot down over Germany piloting a Blenheim out of Meharicourt in France in 1940. The Blenheim is rarely mentioned as a success story because of being under-powered, under-armed and far too vulnerable to attack; nearly four hundred of them were lost to enemy fighters in just the few weeks before Dunkirk.

However, it was by no means the worst of the aircraft the brave lads in the RAF were asked to fly, and this DVD brings it home to me just how lucky we were as a country to not only survive the war but actually win it. I found the DVD when browsing through the shop at the excellent (and free!) RAF Museum at Hendon - the many exhibits there are well worth making several visits!

Much of the film is black and white, and it is all in 4:3 aspect ratio - as one might expect. The picture quality is surprisingly good considering the age and sources of many of the clips. I was most impressed by the recollections of the pilots and crew who had been in the various aircraft and survived them! The whole DVD also follows a theme showing how the use of bombers evolved, from being not much more than a minor nuisance to the enemy, into a major force able to turn the tide of the war.

There are two extras. The first is a sixteen minute documentary on the manufacture and first mission of Q - Queenie, the first Canadian built Lancaster. The second is a brief (fifty seconds) film of 'Bomber' Harris giving his Reap the Whirlwind speech.

The Scene Index menus allow the viewer to go directly to any of the aircraft, I found this feature very convenient.

A few books that might also shed further light on why this DVD is relevant are;
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eifion R. Howells on 3 Feb. 2014
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Lovely to see footage of wonderful old aeroplanes which were flying before I was born and to learn more about the bravery of the men who flew them.
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