The Spitfire Blog

Glenn Miller & Joe Louis in Victoria Park Salisbury

Glenn Miller and the world heavyweight champion Joe Louis performed in Victoria Park during the war. During the days of the Secret Spitfire Factories, there was not much rest for anyone who lived and worked here. Constant worry of bad news regarding loved ones at war,...

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They built Spitfires right in the centre of Salisbury

Who would have thought it possible that a handful of young girls, women, boys and a few elderly men could build thousands of Spitfires hidden in sheds, garages, bus depots and a hotel right in the centre of Salisbury? This incredible story is being told for the very...

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Many nationalities fought at the Battle of Britain

During the Battle of Britain many other nationalities fought for Britain to defeat the Nazis. Many of them volunteered to serve in the RAF, some were from the British Empire and others were refugees and exiles from occupied Europe. We have been told of many acts of...

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Secret Factory Romance

Even during the worst times in our lives, people find a way to see the good. Love and romance has no boundaries and one such case is that of our Secret Factory worker Joan. She was a young girl who went to work at Chattis Hill where...

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Barnardo’s boy and 40 slices of bread.

Our witness and historical advisor Norman Parker was a Barnardo's boy who was evacuated during the war. He is very proud of his past and how Barnardo's helped him become an aircraft engineer. During this process he also learned how to cut...

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Machine Gun shooting at Castle Street Salisbury

During WW2 two German Focke Wulf 190 aeroplanes attacked Salisbury city centre. Approaching the city, they split into two directions where one of them flew over the top of the market square and went into Castle Street, flying between the...

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How did the Spitfire Fairy come about?

This incredible story started with the discovery of a 90 year old gentleman called Norman Parker. For many years, Norman had been giving various talks and writing articles on the manufacture of Spitfire aeroplanes in Salisbury during World War II. Having lived in...

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News of Secret Factory Barn via Panama!

A long time resident of Salisbury David Dell sent news from Panama where he now lives, that a barn hidden amongst farm cottages on the Netherhampton Road was once a Secret Spitfire factory. The barn tucked away off the main road behind farm cottages used to be part of...

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Spirit of Spitfire

Talking to many experts, veteran pilots and modern RAF pilots revealed that the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 was in fact a superior warplane to the Spitfire. This revelation was a bit of a shock as well as a surprise, especially when the Spitfires...

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RAF BBMF Coningsby

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Centre at RAF Coningsby is a special place for us as they were one of the very first to support our project of Secret Spitfires. We were pointed in their direction by Wing Commander Ryles who told us that...

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Dame Vera Lynn reads the poem High Flight

Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee Jnr. RCAF June 9, 1922 – December 11, 1941 Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds, --and done a hundred...

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The Filmmakers

Karl Howman & Ethem Cetintas go back a long way as a production team. They have worked on numerous projects ranging from national TV advertising campaigns to corporate films and dramas. Their differing backgrounds in the industry has created a perfect,...

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How to fly like a banana

Today the Spitfire seems like a simple aeroplane but even by today’s standards, it was a complicated and sophisticated killing machine, one of the most advanced planes in its day. We went to a present day factory which build, maintain and...

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Norman explains Spitfire wing construction

Norman was a young assembly engineer who worked on Spitfires at High Post where the final assemblies were done along with development of the Spitfire. Here he shows us in a modern day factory how important the wing structure of the...

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The production company

EthemMedia is a multimedia company which specialises in TV Adverts, Documentaries, Dramas, Corporate Promos and Digital Media. The company is owned by Ethem Cetintas, a filmmaker with over 40 years of experience in the industry. Ethem and his team of media...

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They dropped a bomb on me grandad

Salisbury was attacked by Luftwaffe on numerous occasions in various ways. One such attack involved two Focke Wulf Fw 190’s where the leading one went straight to the centre of the town, terrifying the locals by flying down one of the main...

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