David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.
On Jun. 5, Wittmund airbase, home of Germany’s last operational F-4 Phantoms the Jadgdeschwader (JG) 71 “Richthofen”, hosted a Spotter Day. Possibly the last one before the entire fleet is eventually retired next year. Unfortunately, the […]
We Find Treasured Historical Records of Heroism in Celebration of U.S. Memorial Day. October 16, 1944. Inside Douglas A-20G over Bologna, Italy. Staff Sergeant Raymond M. Trzeciak, 86th Bomb Squadron, 47th Bombardment Group, U.S. Army […]
There are over 150 Allied WWII aircraft lying 130 feet under the Pacific Ocean near the Marshall Islands. They call it the “Airplane Graveyard.” It is located 130 feet under the Pacific Ocean, in the […]
Fake or propaganda. Dad was on lancs as tailgunner; under attack the tailgunner took control of aircraft movement by instructing pilot. And yes, bombardier flew her on the bomb run. No idea what an ‘engineer’ is doing there as there wasn’t room for one. No chatter allowed over the intercom. The mg’s did not go rat-a-rata-tat but made a raspberry burping noise as four of them would go off at over 1,000 rpm each – thraarrp.
I’m sorry, but it’s all far too “Queen’s English” for me.
My grandfather was in the RAF during the war, and he was as Geordie as you could get!
Don’t try and tell me that everyone in the RAF had the same accents, that ain’t gonna fly with me!
Crews varied. Some were ‘all Canadian’ or ‘all Aussie’ etc.
It isn’t far fetched to have a crew from the same area.
Obviously, however my point was about how everyone seemed to have the same kind of dialect and it was all a bit too “BBC broadcast” in quality for me, it wasn’t about the country of origin.
Can you please, in your own words, tell me what point you seem to have understood me making – just so that I really do follow that you’ve grasped what my point was?
I do not have enough information to say that this is a propaganda piece or not, but as to the sound of the engines, it’s not likely they would be drowning out the microphones. By this time, development of noise cancelling microphones was fairly well along, and given the proximity effect of the microphones to the crew members mouths, plus the need to make clear, intelligible transmissions, I would expect nothing less than the audio quality you’re hearing here.