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Target for Tonight

Synopsis
Illustrates the work of the Bomber Command in World War 2. Shows what it was like to fly on some of the earliest Wellington bomber raids agains Nazi Germany, following the fictional ‘F for Freddie’ on a typical raid from target designation though to debriefing after the mission. During the attack the bomber is hit by anti-aircraft fire and has to struggle back to base. The film was very popular in its day and was a form of reassurance for a hard-pressed public that Britain was striking back. The effects of the bombing are grossly exaggerated. The film was made with the co-operation of the No. 149 Squadron at RAF Mildenhall; all parts were played by genuine RAF ground and air crew, many of whom were later killed in action.
Series
Iwm on Film, The: Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Film; Video; Film. 16mm. sd. b&w. 52 min. Videocassette. VHS. b&w. 52 min.
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of production
1941
Availability
Sale (video)
Special loan only (film - IWM Dept of Film); 2004 sale: £10.99 (inclusive)
Subjects
History
Keywords
dramatised documentary films; World War II

Credits

Director
Harry Watt
Producer
Ian Dalrymple
Writer
Harry Watt
Contributor
Edward Carrick; Edward Catford; Frank H ‘Jonah’ Jones; Ken Cameron; Leighton Lucas; Stewart McAllister

Distribution Formats

Type
Film
Format
16mm

Production Company

Name

Crown Film Unit

Name

Royal Air Force

Sponsor

Name

Ministry of Information

Distributor

Name

Imperial War Museum

Phone
020 7416 5291
Fax
020 7416 5299
Address
Department of Film
Lambeth Road
London
SE1 6HZ
Notes
Address for video sales: Duxford, Cambridgeshire CB2 4QR
Name

Imperial War Museum,

Email
iwmshop@iwm.org.uk
Web
http://www.iwmshop.org.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
01223 499 345
Fax
01223 839 688
Address
Online Shop
IWM Duxford
Cambs
CB22 4QR
Notes
A range of CD and DVD titles covering the two World Wars, as well as more general aviation and naval topics. Many are compilations of films from the IWM’s own collection.
 

Available from retail outlets

Name

Simply Media

Contact
Laura Smith
Email
info@simplymedia.tv
Web
http://www.simplymedia.tv/ External site opens in new window
Phone
0203 542 3722
Address
Highlight House
57 Margaret Street
London W1W 8SJ
Notes
Formerly known as DD Home Entertainment or DDHE

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