Bomber-building team is reunited
Published 12/09/2010 | 13:13
Members of a record-breaking group of factory workers whose exploits were made into a Second World War propaganda film have been reunited.
The group, who made RAF Wellington bombers at a factory in Broughton, North Wales, were filmed as they built a plane from scratch in just under 24 hours - beating the record set by the Americans by more than a day.
The 12-minute film, complete with an American voice-over, was shown in the US to prove to North American audiences that Britain was not beaten by the blitz.
Film-maker Peter Williams tracked down some surviving members of the group and took them back to the factory where they saw the film for the first time.
He said: "It is a snapshot of a completely different age, an age which was quite mobile.
"By that I mean women were doing the jobs of men that had gone away to war. They were as much a part of the war effort as any of the fighting services.
"One woman was able to use a sewing machine and now she was producing miles and miles of felt for the wings and fuselages of these planes.
"Taking them back was a very moving experience."
An American factory had built a bomber in 48 hours but the employees at Broughton smashed that record - making the plane in 23 hours and 48 minutes.
They worked so quickly the pilot had to be turfed out of bed to get it into the air less than 24 hours after work had started.