WWII: The Battle of Britain | Memories of 'Britain's finest hour'
CHANNEL | BBC Four
FIRST BROADCAST | 22 January 2004
DURATION | 58 minutes 53 seconds
Tony Pollard and Neil Oliver bring to life something of the atmosphere and daily bustle of an airbase at the height of the Battle of Britain as they uncover long-lost Tet turrets, dig up forgotten anti-aircraft settings and reveal the shape of an E pen, which would have housed Spitfires. They speak to people who worked at the airbase during World War II, sit in a Spitfire that actually flew from Hornchurch and try on pilots' uniforms as a military historian talks them through what an encounter with a Messerschmitt 109 would have been like.
'The news from France is very bad.'
BBC reporter Charles Gardner comments live on a dogfight over the Channel.
A rousing message of encouragement to the nation from the Minister of Aircraft Production.
The perils of a pilot's life.
Robin Duff reports from the scene of an attack on a convoy in the Channel.
Day-by-day re-enactment of encounters with the enemy.
A pilot vividly recounts his experience of being shot down over the North Sea.
Memories of events in the hot summer of 1940.
Recalling the vital role of the Operations Room team.
Battle of Britain tactics, strategies and post-campaign conspiracies.
The Battle of Britain was won by 'everyone in this country'.
Commander-in-Chief Hugh Dowding talks about the Battle of Britain.
What 'The Few' did next.
The story of the race to design and build a fighter plane fit to win a war.
Celebrating an iconic symbol of Britain's 'finest hour'.
Recollections of war by a pilot ace.
Frank views from a Battle of Britain fighter pilot.
'A symbol of defiance and hope for Britain in the dark days of 1940.'
What would have happened next if Germany had won the Battle of Britain?
Archaeologists explore the site of the RAF airbase at Hornchurch.
The story of the squadron that fought the battle before the Battle of Britain.
Two members of the Observer Corps describe their duties.
Charles Gardner spends time with RAF pilots in combat.
The results of an urgent inquiry into the controversial radio report are analysed.
A warning about items recovered from German planes shot down in England.
Air Marshal Joubert is to broadcast thanks to the Empire for donations.
How an aerial dogfight starts, proceeds and ends.
A technical description of Britain's famous fighter plane.
The tactics of an air battle over Dover analysed in detail.
Air Marshal Joubert suggests subjects for his BBC broadcasts during the Battle of Britain.
Notes on the character of captured German pilots.
Transcript of a government publication about the role of the anti-aircraft defences.
How best to mark the third anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Why marking the anniversary of the Battle of Britain is so important.
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