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Target for Tonight Film Poster, 1941
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Target for Tonight Film Poster, 1941

Measurements: Overall: 64cm (25in) x 79cm (31in)

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Printed paper. U.S. release movie poster ‘Target for Tonight’ featuring a Boulton Paul Defiant night fighter and bearing the stamp of the 'Pacific Poster Co. / Portland’ verso. Poster: 53cm (20.75in) 67cm (26.25in). Framed and glazed.

The 1941 Warner Brothers movie Target for Tonight (1941) was a wartime drama-documentary produced by the Ministry of Information’s Crown Film Unit and directed by Harry Watt. It tells the story of a R.A.F. raid on a oil storage facility in Nazi Germany. The film focuses on the crew of the Wellington bomber ‘F’ for Freddie and was in part filmed during a live operation under enemy fire. ‘F’ for Freddie’s pilot was played by Group Captain ‘Pick’ Pickard, D.S.O. & Two Bars, D.F.C (1915-1944), whose wartime career included several tours with Bomber Command, participation in the 1942 Bruneval Raid, clandestine flights into occupied Europe with a Special Duties squadron and leading a Mosquito wing in low level attacks on key targets prior to the Allied invasion of Europe. Target for Tonight was well received in both Britain and the U.S. and  won an honorary Academy Award as 'Best Documentary’. However it was to the director’s great regret that many of the aircrew involved did not survive the war.  These included ‘F’ for Freddie's front gunner, Flight-Sergeant J.R. Bird, who was lost on a bombing mission to Kassel, and Pickard who was killed in action on the Amiens Prison Raid in February 1944.

 

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