Spitfire: Two Seconds to Kill, Part 02 (1976)


Introduction

Spitfire: Two Seconds to Kill is a 2-part series looking at the development of the Spitfire and its role in World War II.

Outline

In the second of two documentaries looking at the development of the Spitfire and its role in World War II, the programme talks to Battle of Britain pilots and the men and women who built the aircraft and kept them airworthy throughout the war. It includes an extraordinary story from a female member of the ground crew who one day found herself unexpectedly airborne, clinging to the outside of a plane.

Raymond Baxter

  • Called up in 1941, Raymond Baxter flew his first Spitfire when he joined No 65 Squadron in August 1942.
  • He was mentioned in dispatches for his dive-bombing of V2 sites in 1944.
  • After the war, in 1949, he joined the BBC and went on to have an illustrious career as a reporter, covering events such as the funeral of King George VI (1952) and the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II (1953).
  • He was also a presenter on major science series including Eye on Research and Tomorrow’s World.

Spitfire: Two Seconds to Kill Series

Production & Filming Details

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  • Distributor(s): BBC.
  • Release Date: 1976.
  • Running time: 30 minutes (per episode).
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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