"Raid on Berlin": Actuality recording of a Royal Air Force (RAF) bombing raid over Berlin, Germany on 4 September 1943. Recorded in Lancaster "F" Freddy of 207 Squadron RAF. Narrated by Wynford Vaughan Thomas of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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Place Europe: Germany, Berlin
Accession Number S00199
Collection type Sound
Measurement 6 min 32 sec
Object type Actuality recording
Physical description sound disc (vinyl); BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION CORPORATION; 78 rpm; mono; 12 inch
Maker Crew of "F for Freddy"
Vaughan-Thomas, Wynford
British Broadcasting Corporation
Pidsley, Reginald
Place made Germany: Berlin
Date made 4 September 1943
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

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Description

Royal Air Force (RAF) bombing raid over Berlin recorded in Lancaster F Freddy of 207 Squadron RAF. Wynford Vaughan Thomas narration, Reginald Pidsley sound recordist, interspersed by actuality recordings of crew arriving over Berlin, preparing to bomb, evading searchlights, releasing bomb load, (as the bombs were released the sudden upward movement of the plane forced the recording needle through the acetate layer to the aluminium below causing the noise artefact), attack by German night fighter, crew return fire and describe enemy plane falling to earth in flames. Air Vice Marshal (AVM) E. H. Stephenson AO OBE Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), ex 207 Squadron RAF, identifies the pilot as Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) Ken Letford, and the Navigator "Conn" as Warrant Officer H. Connelly RAAF. The 207 Squadron RAF Association in England identify the remainder of the crew as Sergeant (Sgt). C. Stewart, Flight Engineer; Flt Lt W. Bray, Bomb Aimer; Sgt W. Sparks, Wireless Operator; Flying Officer J. Fieldhouse, Mid-Upper Air-Gunner; Sgt. H. Devenish, Rear Air-Gunner, all RAF. The aircraft was Lancaster ED586 EM-F which was lost on an operation to Stettin on 5-6 January 1944.

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