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Post by charlie » Sun Jun 22, 2008 10:28 am

Over the next few weeks you will be able to download .wma files of pilots and other participants from the battle.

Starting with 'Air Battle off Dover' recorded on 14th July 1940 (7m 20sec)

The complete version of celebrated commentary by BBC correspondent Charles Gardner made while observing a Luftwaffe attack on a British convoy passing through the Straits of Dover.
The RAF lost one fighter during this mid-afternoon engagement (a Hurricane of 615 Sqn flown by P/O M.R.Mudie), as against three German aircraft (one Ju88, two 109's) shot down by 610 and 615 Sqns.

Gardners' commentary for his mobile unit at Hellfire Corner was highly excited, and its possible that one of the 'enemy' fighters he describes going down was in fact Mudie's Hurricane which crashed in St Margrets' Bay.
Although passed by the censors and broadcast on the Nine o'clock news, the sensational tone of the commentary stirred up a great deal of controversy.
Some felt that his 'tally-ho' language virtually a sports commentary-trivialising life-and-death combat, and one retired Major-General wrote to The Times to complain that the peice was an affront to civilized society!
Most of the papers thought the broadcast tremendous, and Gaumont British Movietone even secured film rights.

Garner had previously reported from France with the BEF, becoming the first person to record the sound of falling bombs for the BBC. He afterwards joined the RAF and served as a pilot. (6.79mb)
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Post by Reggie » Mon Jun 23, 2008 10:12 am

Thanks Charlie very cool to listen to that. Amazing how calm everything seemed - and then not - and then calm again. :D
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Post by Tigertooo » Mon Jun 23, 2008 10:35 am

:shock: :shock:
Mirror,mirror on the wall,
Who is the best TP of them all?
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Euhh, well...roger that mirror,over and out.

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Post by Tom » Mon Jun 23, 2008 11:08 am

Strangely more real than the over-sensational reportage we get on current conflicts.

A good find.

In selecting the motto... 'all for one and one for all'... I have done so because it expresses what should be the creed to every Fighter Pilot. Never forget that you are an essential cog in the wheel, and if you break or fail it will let down your brother pilots, and the grimness of war allows for no such weakness.

Air Vice Marshal Saul in the foreword to 13 Group's 'Forget-Me-Nots for Fighters'

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