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Interesting audio from the Battle of Britain
It's a cracking audio clip. But... historically there is considerable doubt that it was a JU-87 crashing into the sea as described by the narrator. Propaganda film clips were added subsequently to back up the message.

Credible sources have argued that the narrator incorrectly identified the doomed aircraft and that it was actually a British Hurricane fighter.
 

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It's a cracking audio clip. But... historically there is considerable doubt that it was a JU-87 crashing into the sea as described by the narrator. Propaganda film clips were added subsequently to back up the message.

Credible sources have argued that the narrator incorrectly identified the doomed aircraft and that it was actually a British Hurricane fighter.
I've never actually thought of that, whenever I've been listening to/watching audio etc from wartime I've never doubted what the broadcaster is saying in my naivety.
 

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...I've never doubted what the broadcaster is saying in my naivety.
As stated, it's arguable but if there was an error it was almost certainly genuine. The narrator was commenting from a considerable distance. The question about the identity of the downed aircraft was apparently raised after the war when RAF and Luftwaffe loss records for that day were compared.
 

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If a Hurricane, why was the undercarriage down?
Also note the shape of the wings!
 

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If a Hurricane, why was the undercarriage down?
Also note the shape of the wings!
Agreed that the final still images are of a JU-87. The original audio clip was primarily for radio broadcast; the narrator being based ashore. The images are not necessarily contemporary with the audio which is why the narrator mentions Spitfires but the image shows Hurricanes.

I'll have a dig to try and find a link to the BBC World Service Radio clip on the topic. From memory there was no suggestion of deception. Merely that the aircraft had possibly been misidentified by the narrator.
 

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Agreed that the final still images are of a JU-87. The original audio clip was primarily for radio broadcast; the narrator being based ashore. The images are not necessarily contemporary with the audio which is why the narrator mentions Spitfires but the image shows Hurricanes.

I'll have a dig to try and find a link to the BBC World Service Radio clip on the topic. From memory there was no suggestion of deception. Merely that the aircraft had possibly been misidentified by the narrator.
The BBC mate, surprised they didn't take a knee for the innocent Luftwaffe pilot who was out and about minding his own business before being ambushed by right wing RAF thugs.

Is it correct that most of Churchill's recordings were done after the war? Some may not even be him?
 
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