Britain at War - April 2010

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THE FIRST SPITFIRE TO FALL

Seventy years ago this month, on the afternoon of 3 April 1940, Flying Officer E.N. Ryder took off in a 41 Squadron Supermarine Spitfire to intercept a German raider approaching the East Coast. He successfully brought down the intruder, but during the combat he was also shot down. Forced to ditch in the North Sea, Flying Officer Ryder gained the distinction of flying the first Spitfire to ever be shot down in action.

A WELL KEPT SECRET
Deep beneath Wiltshire lies an abandoned fortress, a fortress which, with its origins in the Second World War, was built to shelter Britain's government from nuclear strikes. It was never used, and many of the supplies were never even unwrapped. Chris Goss explores an eerie relic of the cold war - and discovers some unusual art.

"FINE BOMBING"
"Fine bombing" was the acknowledgement given by the survivors of the German U-boat U-625, to the crew of a Coastal Command Short Sunderland, as they took to their dinghies. As we examine, the submarine had been sunk by a crew being shown "how to do it".

THE ORWELL DORNIER
For almost three decades Julian Evan-Hart has investigated the crash site of a German bomber that was shot down in September 1942. At last, after sifting through the wreckage and the records, the long-buried answers can now be revealed.

DEADLY CLOUDS
The rolling mist that drifted across No Man's Land from the German trenches on the Ypres Salient on 22 April 1915 heralded the arrival of a new and ghastly weapon - poison gas. In 'Deadly Clouds', some of the British witnesses recount the events of that day.

REGULARS

BRIEFING ROOM
News, Restorations, Discoveries and Events from around the UK.

FIELDPOST
Your letters.

DEBRIEF
A Piece of History, Dates That Shaped the War and much more! 

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