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633 Squadron (1964) Poster

(1964)

Goofs

Anachronisms 

At the beginning, as the squadron returns from a mission, a blue Land Rover can be seen in front of an airport building. Land Rover began production in 1947.
When the "earthquake" bombs are being pulled in single file along a lane in preparation for the raid, a modern white hatchback (1964) is seen driving past the end of the lane in the background from left to right.
Right at end of film, after the 'you cannot kill a squadron' speech, as the car drives away, there are 1960's fire tenders parked to the left of the shot.
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When the Norwegians are fighting from the cover of the crashed Opel truck the Germans are driving an Alvis Saracen personnel carrier. This is both a British vehicle and a post war design that wasn't produced until 1952.
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One of the German armored cars used in the ambush scenes (the one that isn't the Alvis Saracen) is an obvious fake. The gun barrel appears to be stuck onto the front of the turret, with no provision for changing elevation.
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At the beginning, driving in front of the parked post-war Land Rover, a Fordson New Major tractor pulls a plane. These weren't in production until 1953.
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Continuity 

The aircrews synchronize their watches at 0247 at the end of their briefing session and emerge from the briefing room into clear daylight.
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In the pub, Singh takes a short measure pint of beer, with a lot of froth; a few frames later it's full with no froth.
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Crew or equipment visible 

In the scene that show the special bombs convoy , you can see in the background two modern cars - looks like a Rover van - on the road .
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Factual errors 

The first view of enemy fighters is the 'kette' formations (only briefly seen high above) the lower of these 'stacked' kette formations are of three aircraft with noses apparently having the round cowling of Fw 190s. The attacking "enemy aircraft" were obviously the wider body Messerschmitt Bf 108 which is first very apparent in one banking to attack a Mosquito near the first of the attack. Even the vertical stabilizer shape shows it is not of a Bf 109. The Bf 108 is further confirmed by the head on view showing the sport lightplane windshields. The "gunfire" is flashing lights set into landing light positions flashing to simulate gunfire. Two persons are even visible in the 108 cabin side-by-side. There is also a center windshield divider separating the two windshield panels, not the flat bulletproof windshield of the 109. These unmistakable facts are seen in the rear-projection shot of one hitting a Mosquito "head-on" in a scene.
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In 1944 with Germany under attack from all sides, Allies had air superiority over England day and night. So a pair of Bf-108s from 1938-39 could not have attacked the base without having a dozen Spitfires chasing them.
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Grant is a Wing Commander, and wears the appropriate badges of rank. But shouldn't he have 'scrambled eggs' on the peak of his cap?

Revealing mistakes 

During the final attack, one of the Mosquitos is shot down and crashes into a rock in the fjord and explodes. Behind the explosion, the complete fuselage and tail flip unrealistically over the rock and onto the water
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The aircraft used to drop Erik Bergman over Norway is a genuine wartime B-25 Mitchell, but is wearing a silver and white color scheme typical of peacetime RAF transports and appears to have had its gun positions removed. It seems unlikely that a brightly-colored aircraft with no defensive capabilities would have been chosen for such a mission.
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When the Germans chase the resistance men in their lorry, the Germans armored car is actually a British Alvis Saracen, first produced in 1952.
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The Mosquitoes used in the movie are of the B.Mk.IX or XVI versions with bulged bomb bays to accommodate 4,000 lbs 'Cookies'. The bombardiers' clear noses were painted over and a quartet of 'machine guns' (but not the four 20mm cannon) added to make the aircraft look like FB.Mk.VIs.
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One of the German armored cars used in the ambush scenes (the one that isn't the Alvis Saracen) is an obvious fake. The gun barrel appears to be stuck onto the front of the turret, with no provision for changing elevation.
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When the British airfield is attacked, the machine gun bullets come from a different direction than the flight path of the attacking German aircraft.
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During the flight scenes inside the cockpit of the Mosquitoes, the rather large tails are notably absent in the view behind the pilots, showing that the cockpit scenes were filmed with a partial airframe, just the cockpit only.
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At the beginning when the first German is stabbed, the knife clearly doesn't go very far into the body.
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