Bomber Crew

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History, War Documentary published by Others in 2005 - English narration

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Long after the Battle of Britain, the aircrews of RAF Bomber Command risked their lives night after night during the Second World War. Bomber Crew is a four-part series that tells the stories of the airmen of Bomber Command. Building on the hugely popular and critically acclaimed Spitfire Ace series, Bomber Crew features first-hand testimony from the veterans of the bomber crews. The series also features five young men and women - all grandchildren of Bomber Command airmen - who are put through elements of Bomber Command training.

Commercial airline pilot James Smith, keen amateur flyer John Nolan, Army helicopter trainee pilot Tim Chambers, chef Luke Alkemade and New Zealander Tanya Marriott all have one thing in common: their grandfathers were among the thousands of men who flew with the RAF's bomber crews during World War II. Sixty years on, Bomber Crew gives them a unique opportunity to learn more about their grandfathers' wartime careers. Over four weeks, the 21st century volunteers get the chance to prove their skills at piloting original World War Two training and combat aircraft, navigating, bomb aiming and air gunnery.

They perfect their flying skills on the Beech and Harvard, classic World War II training aircraft, before coming together as a crew on the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. For one of the pilots, the series culminates in the chance to take the controls of the legendary British bomber, the Avro Lancaster.

During training the crew make some remarkable discoveries about their grandfathers and about the men who flew with Bomber Command. The series features moving testimony of 25 surviving veterans of Bomber Command. Thousands of bomber crews made an extraordinary contribution to the war effort in the face of terrible odds. Night after night, they put themselves in danger as they went on bombing raids, taking the war to Germany when no one else could. More than 55,000 airmen never returned; nearly 10,000 became prisoners of war. Yet their contribution to the war effort has been frequently overlooked.

Bomber Crew has at its core the story of the men of Bomber Command and their extraordinary endurance in the face of terrible odds; the program explores what motivated and sustained them through repeated, and highly dangerous, operations.

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Video Codec: XviD MPEG-4 codec
Video Bitrate: 1933 KB/s
Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Video Resolution: 720 x 400
Audio Codec: MPEG-1 Layer 3 (MP3)
Audio BitRate: 128 KB/s (CBR)
Audio Channels: 2 Ch
RunTime: 00:50
Framerate: 25 FPS
Number Of Parts: 4
Part Size: 722 MB
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Subtitles: No TV Cap
Source: DVB

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