Skip to comments.WWII pilot gets shown footage of his 1944 Spitfire crash that he's never seen until now. [video]
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.
I think the pilot is a little older than 83.
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So the pilot is now 90, or was 21 in 1944.
That was awesome. Thanks for posting.
15 minutes. Well worth watching.
Bookmark for later...83??? :)
I really enjoyed watching that! Thank you for posting.
Thanks for sharing!
That was great! Thanks for posting!
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Fascinating. Thanks so much for posting.
w, s, ping....
There's one man who really earned his D.F.C.
" Every pilot should fly a Spitfire once" - chance would be a fine thing.
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I love this story!
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.
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...:^)
Very touching story and video...
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.
Absolutely amazing. Great Story!
Cool! Thanks for the ping.
That is a great story!
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