Approved | | Drama, History, War
The story of how the British attacked German dams in WWII by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective.
The concept of using spotlights was not the result of Guy Gibson going to a stage show and watching follow spot operators. It was the brainchild of Ben Lochspeiser, a scientist at the Ministry of Aircraft Production. After the war, Lochspeiser was knighted and went on to become the first President of CERN.
Air Vice-Marshal Cochrane:
Are you in touch with the reserve formation?
Group Signals Officer: All except Burpee, sir. He hasn't answered for some time.
Before the first successful bomb test, Gibson tells Wallis that there is a new moon and he should make a wish. He isn't referring to a calendar new moon when the moon is invisible, but rather the first appearance of a thin crescent, the sight of which traditionally prompts a wish. But as Gibson says it, they look in the direction away from the sun, which is behind them. A "new moon" of this kind is always close to the sun, visible low in the sky after sunset. So in any case it shouldn't be visible with the amount of daylight seen.
Prints distributed in the United States by Warner Brothers added a shot from Desperate Journey (1942) showing an early model B-17 Flying Fortress crashlanding in a forest.
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