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Duration: 1 hour

Actor and aviator Martin Shaw takes to the skies to rediscover one of the most audacious and daring raids of World War II.

On the morning of 18 February 1944, a squadron of RAF Mosquito bombers, flying as low as three metres over occupied France, demolished the walls of Amiens Jail in what became known as Operation Jericho. The reasons behind the controversial raid remain a mystery to this day.

This dramatic documentary investigates the missing pieces of the story, with interviews from survivors and aircrew, and tries to find out why the raid was ordered and by whom.

Last on

Sat 5 Jan 2013 18:00 BBC HD



    Martin Shaw looks at the gravestones of Group Captain Pickard and Flt Lt Alan Broadley in St Pierre cemetery, Amiens.

  • Group Captain Charles Pickard

    Group Captain Charles Pickard

    The gravestone of Group Captain Charles Pickard in Amiens.



    Martin Shaw photographed by the Piper Navajo plane which flew the route from England to Amiens jail in the film.

  • Flt Lt Alan Broadley

    Flt Lt Alan Broadley

    The gravestone of Flt Lt Alan Broadley in Amiens.


Martin Shaw
Sam Wichelow
Executive Producer
Nicola Addyman
Executive Producer
Ian Cundall


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