Radio surprise

Pic: Vintage Radio Australia

Well, this is extraordinary! A radio adaptation of Paul Brickhill’s The Dam Busters in 26 half hour episodes, produced by ‘Australasian Radio’ in 1954, and introduced by Brickhill himself. I have to say that I never even knew this existed. As, at the moment, I don’t have 13 hours to spare to listen to every episode I’m unable to tell you a whole lot more, but stabbing around, I discovered that the raid itself is covered in Episode 6. The raid is observed almost entirely from inside Gibson’s aircraft, and the Möhne Dam is breached by the third aircraft attacking, so you could say that a certain amount of latitude has been taken with what happened in real life. There are other scenes back at Grantham and Scampton, with Air Marshal Harris’s attempts to ring the White House treated as a series of comic turns with hapless switchboard operators and annoyed hotel proprietors. The sound quality is however excellent, so I’d be fascinated to know in which vaults this has been lying for over 50 years.
[Hat tip to Oggie at Lancaster Archive, who also cites Wings Over New Zealand, although I can’t find any mention there.]

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3 thoughts on “Radio surprise

  1. richard hickmott January 20, 2011 / 9:43 am

    Ooo, that’ll be interesting. Like you, never knew such a broadcast existed. I wonder whether the Dam Busters audio version with Richard Todd narrating was adapted from this?

  2. Steve Dulson January 21, 2011 / 1:11 am

    What a find! I just listened to episodes 6 and 7 – they went a bit overboard on the partying, I thought and the White House scene. Interesting that they stressed Wallis’ continued concern for the crews.

  3. ted welfelt April 2, 2011 / 3:01 am

    i listened to the dam busters in perth western australia early 60,s is it possible to get a down load of this i remember every friday at 9.00 pm we

    would get another epassode and the book we were reading in school was “the compass rose”

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