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"Okay, don't all shout at once."

Posted June 6, 2013 into Lunch Time Video by John Birmingham

This fragment of radio chatter from a WW2 Lancaster on a bombing run over Germany is eerie. They talk just like old matinee stars. Things go a bit wobbly when the bally Hun starts firing at them, but the skipper soon calms things down.

Spiffing effort from @Coriolisdave for the link

And when you've finished being awed, you can LOL uncomfortably at this. If we had to fight Hitler now.

14 Responses to ‘"Okay, don't all shout at once."’

Quokka is gonna tell you...

Posted June 6, 2013

Flying visit, will listen later.Dad flew Lancasters and Mitchell bombers over Europe during WW2, so thanks for the find JB. He wouldn't talk about it.

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Rhino mutters...

Posted June 6, 2013

That was FKN AWSM.

Those were some smoooooth chaps.

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Barnesm ducks in to say...

Posted June 6, 2013

Sounds like something out of 'Biggles'

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Brother PorkChop swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted June 6, 2013

Fantastic.

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JG would have you know...

Posted June 6, 2013

Gold. Plums in the mouth to boot. Good show, boys.

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NBlob reckons...

Posted June 6, 2013

In the early 80's I used to hang on every word of Fmr Captain Moreton of Bomber Command. He used to tell me hair raising stories of flak & fighters over the Ruhr. He was one of the immensely lucky ones who completed his tours & returned to own a pharmacy beside Toowomba Grammar School. Gone on to his reward now I believe, but quite a guy.

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yankeedog ducks in to say...

Posted June 6, 2013

'Cut the chatter, Red Five.'

'Hit's away!'

'Negative-it just impacted on the surface.'

Why the Death Star attack in 'Star Wars' was brilliant. Lucas wrote up chatter just like these guys used. Cool lot, the guys who flew the Lancs and Forts back then.

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Bondiboy66 would have you know...

Posted June 6, 2013

Amazing stuff when you consider how very young they all were too. Makes one feel quite inadequate by comparison.

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coriolisdave has opinions thus...

Posted June 6, 2013

Both of my grandfathers were in Lancasters - one a navigator, t'other a tail gunner. Amazingly they both came back, but would never. Ever. Talk about it.

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Murphy ducks in to say...

Posted June 6, 2013

I can't quite mesh the military nature of the radio chatter with the repeated use of, "Hello, Bombadier. Hello, Navigator, etc."

Incredibly calm. Not like American radio chatter from the bombers during this era.

Respects,

Murph

On the Outer Marches

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Quokka mutters...

Posted June 6, 2013

Hehe, nice addition, JB.

It's not that much of a stretch, though. When I got a hold of Dad's service records there was something in there about how he'd been *disciplined* for doing something silly with a set of knickerbockers. Don't ask me what. And shortly before he joined up, he and his group of SLSC mates bought an old jalopy and they painted the blades/louvre things at the front in lurid colours to match their SLSC uniforms.

Boys will be boys.

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Microbe74 swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted June 6, 2013

Enjoyed listening to that - but spooky all the same.
To echo others here, my Grandfather flew over the Indian Ocean as a navigator in Catalinas but the only thing he ever told us was off duty stuff, and not much of that.

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Quokka reckons...

Posted June 7, 2013

http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2013/06/06/3776220.htm?site=conversations

A shame for this to get lost in an old thread, but if you guys are interested, Richard Fidler had a fascinating guy on his show yesterday. He's written a book about his grandfather, who was an airman in WW2. It's meticulously researched, so that's the link to the podcast.

I only heard bits and pieces as I was in transit but I resented being torn away from it. It's that good.

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