“Halifax at War: The Story of a Bomber”, a documentary about one of the aircraft that cadets from the No. 1 British Flying Training School flew, will be shown at the BFTS Museum, 119 Silent Wings Boulevard in Terrell at 7 p.m. May 19. Viewing the film is free to the public.
“We originally scheduled this film to be seen back in February,” explained Executive Director Patrick Hotard, “but had to cancel the showing because of the ice storm. For lovers of World War II aircraft or students of history, this is a fascinating story of the impact these planes had on the war effort, as well as its loving restoration.”
“The Halifax and Lancaster bombers wreaked havoc across Germany and Europe during World War II. While the more famous Lancaster was used almost exclusively in the strategic bombing campaign, the versatile Halifax proved to be adept at other duties including towing gliders, hauling vital cargo, and dropping secret agents behind the lines.”
One of only three Halifax aircraft in existence today out of 6,178 manufactured, the film describes how its initial design problems were overcome to her final conversion as a post-war air liner. Halifax aircraft flew more than 75,000 bombing sorties over enemy territory, dropping more than a quarter of all the bombs dropped on Germany by the RAF. Crews of the Halifax were intensely loyal to the aircraft because it was capable of enduring heavy battle damage and brought many of them home safely.
Using never before seen footage of the Halifax in action, the 76-minute film tells vivid, first-person accounts of what it was like to fly into battle in a Halifax. Aircraft NA 337 was rescued from the depths of a Norwegian Lake, lovingly restored over a 10 year period and is now on display at the National Air Force Museum in Canada.
The film was produced by Robert Linnell, who gave the BFTS Museum permission to screen the documentary, and directed by James Hystop. Written by Phil Surguy and Bob Linnell, the narrator is Bruce Hayward.
Reservations are not required but call 972-551-1122 for additional information.