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Target for Tonight (1941)

Approved | | Documentary, Drama, War | 18 August 1941 (UK)
The planning and implementation of an RAF night raid on Germany in World War II, concentrating on a low level mission by a Wellington bomber on an oil storage facility by the Rhine.

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Harry Watt

Writer:

Harry Watt
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a documentary made by the Royal Air Force put audiences in the cockpit of a bomber called "F for Freddie" as it set off on a bombing raid over Germany. Made in Britain by the Crown Film Unit with a cast comprised entirely of R.A.F personnel. Written by longhorn1939 @suddenlink.net

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Actually filmed under fire! The RAF is its cast! The RAF filmed it!

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Documentary | Drama | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

18 August 1941 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Alvo para Esta Noite See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Flying Officer Charles Pickard, the unflappable pilot who smokes a pipe was killed with his Navigator (who does not appear in this film), in the famous Mosquito raid on Amiens Prison later in the war, by which time he had been promoted to Wing-Commander rank. The Second Pilot was played by Gordon Woollatt (who survived the war). See more »

Goofs

When F for Freddie is approaching the target the bomber is alternately shown both above a solid cloud deck where the ground cannot be seen and then below the clouds showing the landscape and canals. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits: "This is the story of a Raid on Germany - how it is planned and how it is executed. Each part is played by the actual man or woman who does the job - from Commander-in-Chief to Aircrafthand. In order, however, not to give information to the enemy, all figures indicating Strength have been made purposely misleading". See more »

Alternate Versions

The American release was re-dubbed to overcome the problems of unintelligible accents. See more »

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Excellent documentary, showing the reality of the planning and execution of wartime bombing missions.
22 September 1998 | by anguaSee all my reviews

This film was made using actual service men and women of the Royal Air Force, as a wartime morale-booster. When viewed over fifty years later, it is still utterly fascinating to watch the planning and execution of the raid over Germany, and in particular follow the progress of F for Freddie and her crew. For once we can be sure that this is how it was done, it has the sense of realism that most dramas lack. I have a personal interest in Target for Tonight, as my grandfather worked on the crew as a carpenter; he in fact worked for the Crown Film Unit throughout the war.


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