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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 22:54 pm 
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Any one know the bomber crew and flying fortress name shown in the BFI film Welcome to Britain 1943 staring Burgess Meredith. You can see the nose art on the aircraft in the shape of a bird and the crew captain name is mentioned flying the first raid on Schweinfurt but being blind and deaf in my old age, I can't hear or see a thing even though I play back the film. Anyone know?


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Not sure if I'm missing something, but just watched it on you tube ... didn't see a B17 or anything like that ..?? is it in two parts, is there another film of the same name ..??

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In the film Burgess visits a school and then walks on to a thatched roof cottage and chats to a man outside. The blonde on the bike rides by and he runs after her, where a pony and trap gets in his way. He then walks down a road and there he chats to one of the ground crew who is leaning on a scaffold platform, in front of him is the crew and the flying fort on the hard stand talking to the generals lined up for inspection. During the conversation two Spitfires fly low overhead. Bit of a chunk of film to miss out.


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Nope ... not missed it lol .. think it may have been cut out ... ???
There's also a section where in the classroom for some reason the sound goes out when Burgess Meredith and the school teacher are talking closely .. ??

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Looks like you have been watching a duff version of the film. Its been shown on the TV talking pictures sky 343 as a BFI picture.


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Its on you tube ... national archives film ..??

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyYSBBE1DFw

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If you have a link to the full version I would appreciate it .. !!

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http://player.bfi.org.uk/film/watch-a-w ... tain-1943/


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Great thanks ... here I think I can return the favor ... the a/c is called Yankee Eagle and the bombardier is I think called Palazenee (spelling ??)

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Found him .. PELLEGRINI ... The story is featured in the book 'The First of the Many' .. there's a picture too of him at his station in the a/c.

The General is of course Ira Eaker .. I got to photograph him along with Bomber Harris and Doolittle back in the 70's at an RAF Bomber Command/8th USAAF reunion.

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Thanks for the clarification of the names, just wanted to find out if the ac and crew survived the war.


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