American reconnaissance pilot flew a Spitfire in 1944

A friend of mine has come across a remarkable film about John Blyth, an 18 year-old just out of high school who was trained to take pictures of damage done to German targets by US bombers in 1944.  He flew in a British Spitfire fitted with extra fuel tanks where the guns were suppose to be.  In other words, he flew over Germany unarmed. At 18 years old, he was all alone, behind enemy lines, with no guns, no escort, and he gladly did it.

This documentary, filmed in 2005, is built around an interview with the then 83-year-old Spitfire pilot, combined with sequences extracted from two suitcases-full of 16mm home movies inherited by filmmaker William Lorton from his great-uncle who served as a Flight Surgeon. Wait for the golden moment when John sees his 18-year-old self on archive film for the first time.


Thanks to John Dudley for this discovery.

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