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Target for Tonight (1941)

Not Rated | | 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.

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Harry Watt

Writer:

Harry Watt
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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.

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

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Documentary | Drama | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

18 August 1941 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Alvo para Esta Noite See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

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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 »

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Excellent documentary, showing the reality of the planning and execution of wartime bombing missions.
22 September 1998 | by anguaSee all my reviews

This film was made using actual service men and women of the Royal Air Force, as a wartime morale-booster. When viewed over fifty years later, it is still utterly fascinating to watch the planning and execution of the raid over Germany, and in particular follow the progress of F for Freddie and her crew. For once we can be sure that this is how it was done, it has the sense of realism that most dramas lack. I have a personal interest in Target for Tonight, as my grandfather worked on the crew as a carpenter; he in fact worked for the Crown Film Unit throughout the war.


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