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Death by Moonlight: Bomber Command

Death by Moonlight: Bomber Command

| 1 h 44 min

This feature-length documentary focuses on the Canadian pilots who served in the air force bomber command in Britain during World War II. From the outset, it was clear to Britain that air combat would be the key factor in the battle against Hitler's Germany. Told they would be targeting factories and military targets, the airmen were actually ordered to drop their payloads on civilians in an attempt to annihilate the enemy. Using interviews, re-enactments, old footage and photographs, Brian McKenna's film depicts the war from the perspective of the pilots.

This film contains scenes of violence. Viewer discretion is advised.

  • director
    Brian McKenna
  • producer
    Arnie Gelbart
    André Lamy
    Adam Symansky
    Darce Fardy
  • associate producer
    D'Arcy O'Connor
  • script
    Terence McKenna
    Brian McKenna
  • cinematography
    Neville Ottey
    Andrew Binnington
  • sound
    Ian Challis
    Robert Jones
  • editing
    Susan Shanks
  • line producer
    Mary Armstrong
  • sound editing
    Bill Graziadei
    Bernard Bordeleau
  • re-recording
    Adrian Croll
  • narrator
    Terence McKenna
  • cast
    Graham Campbell
    Gilbert Turp
    Nicholas Shields
    Janne Mortil
    Hamish McEwan
    Andrew Gillies
    Mark Burgess
    Patric Creeman
    Duncan Ollerenshaw
    Joel Wyner


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Ages 6 to 17

History - World History
History - World War II

Discuss the perilous position of the tail gunner on board a fighter plane. Comment on the wartime practice of dropping bombs on German civilians; was this practice ethical and justified? What is the value of re-enacting and/or retelling the stories of soldiers from World War II? Vietnam? Iraq?

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