A documentary series looking at the causes behind catastrophic accidents and training crash incidents during World War Two.
In the USA alone over 15,000 Airmen lost their lives in training accidents as the WWII Allies scaled-up their Air forces. The relatives of these young men often have no idea what actually happened and typically the official reasons were put down simply to “pilot error”.
From 1939 to 1945 thousands of young airmen met terrible ends not at the hands the enemy’s machine guns or because of the murderous flak of anti-aircraft fire, but in catastrophic accidents and training crashes.
The staggering losses were not just limited to Britain; all over the world training flights, routine sorties and cargo transport journeys all sometimes ended in disaster. Perhaps it’s not so surprising that, amid the weight of the human costs of the air war against Germany, these ‘hidden’ losses have been forgotten; but all the men in the aircraft that never returned signed up for the same war and they were all someone’s father, brother or son. The same letters went home to every family. Luckily, there are those who are determined that those brave men should not be a footnote in military history.
They have spent years investigating, uncovering, searching, probing and digging the crash sites – and there are hundreds of them. They are the World War II Air Crash Investigators and now, for the first time, they have agreed to let us join them.
In this fascinating new series, WWII Air crash Detective, Garth Barnard, re-opens the investigations of some of the most infamous International WWII Air Disasters using modern techniques and fresh eyes to find out what really happened … and understand if it could happen again now.
WWII: Air Crash Detectives Series
- Episode 01: Lost and Confused: Sharp Top Mountain B-25 Crash.
- Episode 02: Death in the Moonlight: Turweston Wellington Collision.
- Episode 03: Australia’s Worst Air Crash- Baker’s Creek.
- Episode 04: Death on the Great Plains: Naper 28.
- Episode 05: Conspiracy or Confusion? The Duke of Kent.
- Episode 06: Sikorski’s Last Flight.
Production & Filming Details
- Presenter(s): Aileen Downey.
- Production: Like A Shot Entertainment.
- Distributor(s): SBS.
- Release Date: 2014.
- Running Time: 44 minutes.
- Rating: TV-PG.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.