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    If you like the movie 'Aces High' about W.W.1 flying, then it is being shown by ITV4 (Freeview channel 24) at 4.30 p.m. on Saturday 18th May. It is a completely fictitious and contains some historical inaccuracies but itis a good story.

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    Thanks for the timely tip off Dave.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Many thanks for the heads up.

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    One of my favourites - I have it on Betamax, VHS, DVD and Blu-Ray!

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    Always worth a revisit even though there are too many tiger moths pretending to be SE5s

    Never knowingly under gunned !

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    They look like Tiger Moths but they are actually Stampe SV.4s. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stampe-Vertongen_SV.4

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    The Avro 504 was real and there was a replica Fokker E.III. The other German W.W.1 planes were adapted post W.W.1 aircraft. The film reused aerial sequences from The Blue Max and Von Richthofen and Brown.[

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    Didn’t know any of that... thanks David

    Never knowingly under gunned !

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    Thanks David - recorder set again

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    Always a good watch. Claims to be based on Cecil Lewis's book Sagittarius Rising which is a great read.


    I'm learning to fly, but I ain't got wings
    Coming down is the hardest thing

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    Watched it again with fresh and more informed eyes... really good watch

    Never knowingly under gunned !

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    Quote Originally Posted by tikkifriend View Post
    Always a good watch. Claims to be based on Cecil Lewis's book Sagittarius Rising which is a great read.
    Actually based on a play about war in the trenches & the short life span expected.
    Cant remember the title but I am sure someone will chip in with it.
    It is one of my favorite WW1 Aero flicks & I have it on DVD.
    Malcolm McDowel plays the main role really well!

    "Its a fine line indeed between going out in a Blaze of Glory or having Crashed & Burnt!"
    Member Australian Society of WW1 Aero Historians

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    The film is based on Journey's End by R. C. Sherriff with additional material from the memoir Sagittarius Rising by Cecil Lewis, so a combo of both sources to provide an RFC take on the idea. (apparently acknowledged in the opening credits !) Journey's End gives a glimpse into an officers' dugout over four days from 18 March 1918 to 21 March 1918, the last few days before the German spring offensive (Operation Michael).
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aces_High_(film)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Journey%27s_End
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Michael
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    "He is wise who watches"

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    If anyone missed the movie, ITV4 (Freeview channel 24) will be showing it again on Saturday 25th May at 11.10 a.m..

    Channel 5 T.V. will be showing the Battle of Britain film at 6.25 p.m. on Saturday 25th May and repeating it at 2.15 p.m. on Monday 27th May.

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    Thank the Lord for repeat TV


    I'm learning to fly, but I ain't got wings
    Coming down is the hardest thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by tikkifriend View Post
    Thank the Lord for repeat TV
    Seconded! Lack of planning on my part meant I missed it first time round.

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    I really enjoyed Lewis's Sagittarius Rising, a wonderful read, so I shall have to check out Journey's End and see if I can find the movie anywhere. Thanks for the suggestions!

    All the best,
    Matt



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