Secret Spitfires

Mild bad language & images of real dead bodies.

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Secret Spitfires

In 1940, the Germans succeed in destroying the Spitfire factories in Southampton, believing they have ended the threat from their nemesis.

But unknown to them, the British decide to build Spitfires in secret. Rural Towns and cities such as Salisbury, Trowbridge, Reading and Southampton in the South of England become a major centre for manufacturing Spitfires, hidden in sheds, garages, back gardens, a bus depots and even a hotel. With a workforce mainly made up of unskilled young girls, boys, women, elderly men and a handful of engineers, thousands of Spitfires were built, becoming instrumental in winning the war.

Witnesses account this never before told story of amazing achievement, recounting times of terrible sadness as well as joyous times that include GI's, a Glen Miller concert and a Joe Louis boxing match. Set against a backdrop of picturesque English countryside, the RAF pilots who fly them today and of course, the iconic Spitfires themselves. This incredible story concludes with Vera Lynne reciting a moving poem written by a Spitfire pilot.

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Fascinating Film

Reviewer: Mrs SSDate: 2017-11-14

A fascinating film for anyone living in and around Salisbury. Amazing to think that we've lived here all this time and never known about the Spitfires that were built on our doorstep. We took our teenage boy who also loved it. Highly recommend


Reviewer: Jay AitchkayDate: 2017-11-12

A must see for all! Amazing insight into a hidden past. Relevant to many communities in the area but also to a wider audience. A must see for all age groups. Brilliant and moving.


Reviewer: SAL4Date: 2017-11-12

What a truly wonderful film. Highly recommend it - everyone should get the chance to see this incredible story. It took me through a huge range of emotions from laughter to tears to immense pride. Brilliant!!

Secret Spitfires

Reviewer: John G.Date: 2017-11-12

This is one of those charming heart-warming films that restores your faith in human kind. Yes, it revolves around war but it is about how ordinary people went the extra mile. It is also a great vote for women!

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