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WWII pilot gets shown footage of his 1944 Spitfire crash that he's never seen until now. [video]
wimp.com ^ | 6-12-2013 | William Lorton

Posted on 06/12/2013 6:16:24 AM PDT by servo1969

For aviation fans, get ready for a ton of wonderful archival footage coming your way in William Lorton's Spitfire 944. A true-life story, Lorton has discovered rare 16mm footage of a 1944 spitfire crash and tracks down the pilot, now an 83-year-old World War II veteran to show him the footage. The early parts of this film consists of wartime remembrances and nostalgia for days gone by. The elderly pilot recalls his time spent with his comrades and explains the basic information involved with his aircraft. What he doesn't know is that he is about to see, for the first time in his life, footage of his own crash. When the camera captures the man's honest reaction to what he's viewing, the greater theme at work is suddenly revealed in a flash. The result is an affirming, honest portrait of a man confronted with his past.


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; History; Military/Veterans; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: crash; film; spitfire; wwii

1 posted on 06/12/2013 6:16:24 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: servo1969

I think the pilot is a little older than 83.


2 posted on 06/12/2013 6:23:38 AM PDT by outpostinmass2
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To: servo1969

Save for later!


3 posted on 06/12/2013 6:23:47 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 ("The British are Coming (to confiscate weapons)" - Paul Revere (We know how that ended))
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To: outpostinmass2
The documentary in question was released in 2006.

So the pilot is now 90, or was 21 in 1944.

4 posted on 06/12/2013 6:33:31 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: servo1969

That was awesome. Thanks for posting.


5 posted on 06/12/2013 6:33:38 AM PDT by Boris99
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To: servo1969

15 minutes. Well worth watching.


6 posted on 06/12/2013 6:34:12 AM PDT by zeebee
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To: servo1969

Bookmark for later...83??? :)


7 posted on 06/12/2013 6:35:55 AM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day. This is not the post you are looking for ....move along now....)
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To: servo1969

I really enjoyed watching that! Thank you for posting.


8 posted on 06/12/2013 6:53:05 AM PDT by optiguy (Winter is coming.)
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To: servo1969

bump


9 posted on 06/12/2013 6:53:11 AM PDT by Moby Grape (Formerly Impeach the Boy...name change necessary after the Marxist won)
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To: servo1969

Thanks for sharing!


10 posted on 06/12/2013 6:56:59 AM PDT by BillyBonebrake
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To: servo1969

That was great! Thanks for posting!


11 posted on 06/12/2013 7:04:18 AM PDT by rochester_veteran ( http://RochesterConservative.com/forums)
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To: servo1969

bfl


12 posted on 06/12/2013 7:05:35 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: servo1969

Saving for later.


13 posted on 06/12/2013 7:23:20 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: servo1969

Nice post.


14 posted on 06/12/2013 7:36:18 AM PDT by expat2
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To: servo1969; windcliff; stylecouncilor

Fascinating. Thanks so much for posting.

w, s, ping....


15 posted on 06/12/2013 8:07:50 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: servo1969
Amazing. Never even heard a Spitfire could fly to Berlin ---- and then spend half an hour over the target.

There's one man who really earned his D.F.C.

" Every pilot should fly a Spitfire once" - chance would be a fine thing.

16 posted on 06/12/2013 8:08:13 AM PDT by Timocrat (Ingnorantia non excusat)
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To: servo1969

Bump for later


17 posted on 06/12/2013 8:08:53 AM PDT by painter ( Isaiah: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,")
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To: servo1969

For later.


18 posted on 06/12/2013 8:09:38 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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To: servo1969

I love this story!


19 posted on 06/12/2013 8:20:30 AM PDT by sappy (criminaldems)
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To: servo1969

I loved how he pulled out a piece of the spitfire. Reminds me of the Russian interview of a veteran of Stalingrad talking about hand to hand combat........interviewer said “BS” to his story, and the Russian gets up, goes into closet and pulls out MP40 with Russian E-tool imbedded in it.


20 posted on 06/12/2013 8:24:10 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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Interesting that the filmed accident (wheels up landing) was caused not by enemy fire, but by a tangled headset cord.

It’s the little unexpected things that can get you...:^)


21 posted on 06/12/2013 9:17:44 AM PDT by az_gila
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To: servo1969

Bump


22 posted on 06/12/2013 9:36:22 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: servo1969

EXCELLENT!


23 posted on 06/12/2013 9:42:56 AM PDT by NCDragon ( Americans will always do the right thing, after they've exhausted all the alternatives. WC)
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To: servo1969

Very touching story and video...


24 posted on 06/12/2013 10:06:20 AM PDT by sargon (I don't like the sound of these here Boncentration Bamps!)
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To: servo1969

Thanks for that Video.
Mount Field AFB was located only 10miles up the road from where I am now.
It has always been a local rumour, without a name.
Some of it now has a village(Berinsfield) built upon it, the rest was returned to farmland.
Great Story.


25 posted on 06/12/2013 11:43:19 AM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day. This is not the post you are looking for ....move along now....)
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To: servo1969

Absolutely amazing. Great Story!


26 posted on 06/12/2013 4:16:52 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: onedoug

Cool! Thanks for the ping.


27 posted on 06/12/2013 7:16:26 PM PDT by stylecouncilor
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To: servo1969

That is a great story!


28 posted on 08/30/2013 11:47:20 PM PDT by beaversmom
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