World War II was the first time in the history of human conflict, a war was fought by men and machines in the air at night. Veterans from both sides recount the commonplace bravery and horror that they faced on a daily basis. The war had become not only a battle between the brave men of the Royal Air Force and the Army Air Corps and the Luftwaffe, but also a struggle of science and technology.
At the beginning of the war, both sides were not prepared for any night time fighting. It was the overwhelming losses incurred in the defeat in France, and the Battle of Britain that forced both sides to bomb at night.
Bomber Command's losses were so great that new offensive techniques were required.The RAF developed the "bomber stream" and used technology to combat the German nightfighters, which are shown in a recreated interception of a Lancaster bomber.
The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton has one of the largest collections of restored and flying WW 2 aircraft, including North America's only Lancaster. They are a memorial to the men who flew them. Their preservation and restoration is an art as well as a science.
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Great narration, stock footage, graphics, and interviews with participants on both sides of the conflict. Now that so many of these voices have been silenced by the passage of time, this documentary provides unique insights from those who lived the events.