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We’d like to thank everyone who has watched the 1st half of this film. Many of the comments are duly noted regarding music and sound levels. Please bare in mind the film was made by a 17 year old about 11 years ago (completed just after the 60th anniversary of D-Day landings) on a laptop computer. The sound mixing was always a stumbling block due to inexperience. The project was originally part of a proposal to produce a more professional film for TV, but interest from Discovery, History Channel and the BBC was less than encouraging. The film is currently being re-assembled with funds we raised from the sale of DVDs last year. Thanks again to all of you who bought copies and waited patiently for them to arrive, we sent them all over the world and this means allot to us at Typhoonpilots.
We’re hoping to find the time to restore the original edit but collating all the material is proving challenging.
We hope to offer the whole film (60 minutes) with improved graphics, sound and a new score in the near future, on Vimeo’s Pay Per View platform. We’d appreciatte it if you enjoyed this 30 minute excerpt if you could register your interest and what you think is a reasonable price for a PPV documentary such as this and all (sensible) views will be taken into consideration.
Thanks for watching – we hope to update with progress here as soon as we can.
The film was made by the grandson of a 181 squadron pilot for the 60th anniversary of the Normandy invasion. Thanks for watching and taking time to learn about the Typhoon Pilots role in the second world war.
The Hawker Typhoon was a British single-seat fighter-bomber, produced by Hawker Aircraft. While the Typhoon was designed to be a medium-high altitude interceptor, and a direct replacement for the Hawker Hurricane, several design problems were encountered, and the Typhoon never completely satisfied this requirement. Other external events in 1940 prolonged the gestation of the Typhoon.
Nicknamed the Tiffy in RAF slang, the Typhoon’s service introduction in mid-1941 was also plagued with problems, and for several months the aircraft faced a doubtful future.However, in 1941 the Luftwaffe brought the formidable Focke-Wulf Fw 190 into service: the Typhoon was the only fighter in the RAF inventory capable of catching the Fw 190 at low altitudes and, as a result, secured a new role as a low-altitude interceptor.Through the support of pilots such as Roland Beamont the Typhoon also established itself in roles such as night-time intruder and a long-range fighter. From late 1942 the Typhoon was equipped with bombs; from late 1943 ground attack rockets were added to the Typhoon’s armoury. Using these two weapons, the Typhoon became one of the Second World War’s most successful ground-attack aircraft.