Hitler decides to invade England; with Luftwaffe superiority in the air, resistance would be futilebut no one bothered to tell the British
The Secret Spitfires
The story of hundreds of women, girls and a handful of men who built Spitfires in secret during WW2
Spitfires were the nemesis of the Luftwaffe and the instrument which halted Hitler’s plans for invasion. After relentless bombing of the Spitfire factories in Southampton, the Germans were convinced they had halted the production of the Spitfires for good. However, the British had a secret plan…
In Salisbury, Wiltshire; sheds, workshops, garages, bus depots and a local hotel were used to manufacture and then assemble complete Spitfires.
90 year old Norman Parker was an engineer in the final assembly plant and today is a highly respected historian on the subject.
Mainly unqualified young girls and women worked in secret to build over 2000 Spitfires in Salisbury and more elsewhere around the southern counties, an achievement that was instrumental in winning the Battle of Britain.
Witnesses tell the story of this amazing achievement
In 1940, the Germans destroyed the Spitfire factories in Southampton and believed they had ended the threat from their nemesis. But unknown to them, the British were building Spitfires in secret. Salisbury, a small market town in the south of England become a major centre for manufacturing Spitfires, hidden in sheds, garages, back gardens, a bus depot and a hotel. With a workforce mainly made up of unskilled young girls, boys, women and a handful of engineers, over 2000 Spitfires were built, 10% of the total build, becoming instrumental in winning the war.
Witnesses tell the story of this amazing achievement, recounting times of terrible sadness as well as joyous times that included GI dances, a Glenn Miller concert and a Joe Louis boxing match. Set against a backdrop of picturesque English countryside, we talk to 90 year old veterans who as teenagers built the aircraft in their local villages and towns, and we hear from modern-day fighter pilots for whom the Spitfire holds a special place in history. This incredible story concludes with Dame Vera Lynn reciting a moving poem written by a Spitfire pilot.
Let’s not let our heritage be lost!
Central character in the film is a 90 year old Norman Parker who as a young man was an engineer in the final assembly plant. He later became a respected historian, and a walking encyclopedia on the subject. Norman takes us from the original bombed sites of the Southampton factory to the numerous factory sites in the Salisbury area. We meet various workers, men and women who worked at the factories, describing how life was like working in secret without the faintest idea about the scope of the operation.
As part of extra footage in the ‘Special Edition DVD’, we are taken to a current day factory which builds, restores and maintains Spitfires in the traditional way. This factory is just like stepping back in history. Here we are shown the construction elements of the aircraft and taken through the building procedure. An important visitor comes to the factory, the famous ATA girl Mary Ellis, to be reunited with one of the Spitfires she delivered during the war. Mary and other famous ATA girl Joy Lofthouse tell us their stories.
RAF Coningsby supplies the perspective of the Typhoon pilots who are the Spitfire pilots of today. We are taken to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight centre where one of the largest collections of WW2 Spitfires, Hurricanes and Lancasters is kept and maintained. We see them working on the Spitfires. We speak to today’s pilots who love flying the Spitfires. They demonstrate the capabilities of the Spitfires, display a Typhoon flying with a Spitfire as well as one of the last flights of the Vulcan with Spitfires in tow.
The stories within the story
Another huge loss to us all. Our amazing ATA girl Mary Ellis contributed many stories to our film and the time we spent with her will be remembered by us forever. Losing both Joy Lofthouse and Mary in such short time has...read more
Our cherished historian for Secret Spitfires film, Norman Parker, had a wish for so many years. Norman was an aircraft engineer who originally worked on Wellingtons and later he was transferred over to work on Spitfires. He...read more
THANK YOU VERY MUCH to all who made it to the cinemas nationwide to see our film on Sunday July 1st We thank you all for your support and feel very honoured to receive so many beautiful emails and messages praising the film and asking for further screenings. We have a...read more
A bit of humour from RAY WINSTONE who wanted to demonstrate some of the very amusing moments from the film of what the young girls and boys got up to during the war.read more
The great actor Ray Winstone has kindly given his support to spread the word of this incredible story of our history and what the previous generation had to do in silence during the war. Support like his and yours made our little film to go nationwide on the RAF100 day.read more
The great actor Ray Winstone talks about the Secret Spitfires documentary feature. He has kindly given his support to spread the word of this incredible story of our history and what the previous generation had to do in silence during the war.read more
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