In 1940, the Germans succeed in destroying the Spitfire factories in Southampton, believing they have ended the threat from their nemesis. But unknown to them, the British decide to build Spitfires in secret. One small market town in the south of England becomes a major centre for manufacturing Spitfires, hidden in sheds, garages, back gardens, a bus depot and a hotel. With a workforce mainly made up of unskilled young girls, boys, women and a handful of engineers, 2000 Spitfires were built, becoming instrumental in winning the war. Witnesses tell the story of this amazing achievement, recounting times of terrible sadness as well as joyous times that include GI’s, a Glenn Miller concert and a Joe Louis boxing match. Set against a backdrop of picturesque English countryside, modern day Spitfire factories, the RAF pilots who fly them today and of course, the iconic Spitfires themselves. This fascinating documentary concludes with Vera Lynne reciting a moving poem written by a Spitfire pilot.
This promo is for an 80min feature length big screen as well as a 1hr TV version of this documentary now in distribution and ready for launch this summer.
We have also designed a website to compliment and expand our documentary. This website is not simply a publicity site for the documentary but a standalone hub for this era. It is designed as a service for the community, supplying information for educational, research and development. This site will be in constant expansion to turn it into a major interactive educational archive.