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Enemy Coast Ahead! DAM BUSTERS at 75!

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might have a look online for any clips of the scene. thanks for the reply!

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On 5/19/2018 at 11:01 PM, Truro Model Builder said:

Without checking the film, that description sounds very much like a Lincoln in post war colours.

Apparently all of the aircraft are in post war colours. Camouflage was applied to the Medium Sea Grey on the Upper surfaces of the Lancasters and because the film was shot in black and white they sort of got away with it. The bomb dropping scenes are genuine Operation Chastise footage and the main reason for shooting the film in monochrome.

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It is a Lincoln in the background When the Groupie calls on 'Gibby', cant recall the exact lettering but its actual the aircraft serial number something like RF458 ??

You can see 4 bladed aircraft in the background at certain times but it doesn't detract anything from the film. The occasion I recall is as the crews are driven out, its in the background then.

The other reason they shot in black/White was that they also had footage of a genuine flooding in Holland or Germany from 1952 I believe.

 

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On 02/07/2018 at 14:43, avro683 said:

 The bomb dropping scenes are genuine Operation Chastise footage and the main reason for shooting the film in monochrome.

 

Actually, I very much doubt that was the reason. Whilst colour film had been around a long time when the film was made, colour stock film at the time was extremely expensive (particulary in the UK post war) and in the mid-fifties there were relatively few British made films that were filmed in colour. At the time colour was normally reserved for UK films that were deemed to have international appeal. Rank at the time were very much concentrating on the home market with WW2 and comedy films that had 'local' appeal. It wasn't until the mid-sixties that UK films were consistantly produced in colour. For every rule there is an exception, Lindsay Anderson's "If..." serves as an useful exception which was shot in 1968, however, it was partly filmed in B/W to keep the cost down.

 

I hope that helps .

 

Thomo.

 

 

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I am sure this article for film buffs published about 2013 I think maybe of interested in "Behind the scenes" article printed in the "Mail Online"

 

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2324297/Behind-scenes-The-Dam-Busters-How-crews-created-scale-models-targets-flew-real-Lancasters-make-classic-war-film.html

 

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