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Target for Tonight (1941)

Approved | | Documentary, Drama, War | 18 August 1941 (UK)
The planning and implementation of an RAF night raid on Germany in World War II, concentrating on a low level mission by a Wellington bomber on an oil storage facility by the Rhine.


Harry Watt


Harry Watt
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Uncredited cast:
Richard Peirse Richard Peirse ... Self (uncredited)
Percy Charles Pickard Percy Charles Pickard ... Squadron Leader Dickson (uncredited)
Robert Saundby Robert Saundby ... Self (uncredited)


a documentary made by the Royal Air Force put audiences in the cockpit of a bomber called "F for Freddie" as it set off on a bombing raid over Germany. Made in Britain by the Crown Film Unit with a cast comprised entirely of R.A.F personnel. Written by longhorn1939 @suddenlink.net

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Actually filmed under fire! The RAF is its cast! The RAF filmed it!


Documentary | Drama | War


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Many of the aircrew filmed within this film were to die in action during the Second World War. See more »


When F for Freddie is approaching the target the bomber is alternately shown both above a solid cloud deck where the ground cannot be seen and then below the clouds showing the landscape and canals. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits: "This is the story of a Raid on Germany - how it is planned and how it is executed. Each part is played by the actual man or woman who does the job - from Commander-in-Chief to Aircrafthand. In order, however, not to give information to the enemy, all figures indicating Strength have been made purposely misleading". See more »

Alternate Versions

The American release was re-dubbed to overcome the problems of unintelligible accents. See more »


Featured in The World at War (1973) See more »

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F For Freddie Crew and Film Style
10 December 2007 | by peter-2689See all my reviews

This film I believe the was one of the first in a series made during the Second World war using only serving forces personnel and not actors . The crew of F for Freddie were skippered by Squadron Leader Pickard . I think one of the subtle messages that comes across is the informal method of command within the crew for they all knew that their lives depended upon the skills and performance of each other . The crew captain's role was to ensure they worked as a team and this film demonstrates aspect this well . It indeed would be interesting to know if any of the crew survived the war . Regrettably I do know that Group Captain Pickard , as he became , was killed in action about four years after the film was made . His last operation was the bombing of the Amiens Jail to release imprisoned French Resistance Fighters . The raid involved precision bombing by Mosquitoe Bombers to create breaches in the perimeter walls and demolish German Guard buildings . The raid was a success and over 100 Resistance Fighters escaped . Group Captain Pickard was killed during the return journey to England .

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English | German

Release Date:

18 August 1941 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Alvo para Esta Noite See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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