8:45 Ô BBC, Bf 109 de caça noturno?
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A rádio conversasão em background foi gravada na noite de 3/4 de setembro de 1943.
"On the night of 3/4 September 1943 BBC correspondent Wynford Vaughn Thomas and recording engineer Reginald Pidsley flew to Berlin on board Lancaster EM-F for Freddie of 207 Squadron, then based at RAF Langar in Nottinghamshire. The photograph reproduced on page seven of this CD booklet shows Pidsley and Vaughn Thomas in front of this aircraft prior to taking off. On this mission the Lancaster was piloted by Flight Lieutenant Ken Letford.
The recordings were edited and broadcast within 12 hours of landing at Langar. The running order of the tracks on the original transcription disc (and thus the sequencing on this CD) is as follows:
(2-4) crossing coast (intercom);
(5) oxygen test (intercom);
(6) over sea, description of crew;
(7) crossing enemy coast;
(8) searchlights seen (intercom);
(9) approaching Berlin;
(10) bomb run, fighter attack (intercom);
(11) Junkers 88 shot down;
(12) leaving target (intercom);
(13) one hour to Berlin;
(14) last glimpse of Berlin;
(15-16) homeward flight;
(17) first sight of English coast;
(18) crossing coast (intercom);
(19) homeward journey, petrol checked (intercom).
The attack on Berlin on the night of 3/4 September 1943 involved 316 Lancasters and 4 Mosquitoes, which dropped 'spoof' flares at a distance from the heavy bombers' route to mislead German night fighters. Although both marking and bombing mostly fell short, the industrial area of Siemensstadt was hit, as well as residential areas of Charlottenburg and Moabit. 422 people were listed as killed on the ground. 22 Lancasters were lost. During the war 207 Squadron suffered the fourth highest overall percentage losses in Bomber Command, and the highest percentage losses in 5 Group.
All the airborne actuality recordings included on this CD were made using direct cut acetates, made on portable disc cutters which provided a sound recording that could be replayed instantly. At altitude in a Lancaster bomber, Reg Pidsley had first to place the uncut discs inside his flying jacket to warm them up, since otherwise the ultra low temperatures made the disc lacquer too brittle to cut.
On 3 September 1983 Reg Pidsley was reunited with surviving members of the crew and presented the original recorded discs to the Squadron. Wynford Vaughn Thomas also made a television documentary based on the recording, in which he explained that his voice sounded strange because there was a problem with his oxygen supply. The photograph of Reg Pidsley and Wynford Vaughn Thomas with EM-F Freddie is drawn from the Pidsley archive, and is reproduced by kind permission of Rob Clayton."