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    Multiple pipe sightings: The First of the Few

    I'm watching a recently available blu-ray restoration of a movie that I've always loved. Not one of those highly praised artistic films but a document of both historical and entertainment value, showing a lot of pipes being smoked! The First of the Few (1943), the classic about the development of the Spitfire, starring and directed by Leslie Howard. Later in the same year in which the film was released, the commercial airplane in which Howard was traveling to Portugal was shot down by the Luftwaffe. No wreckage or remains were ever found as the aircraft went down in the patch of the Atlantic between Ireland and Portugal.

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    Wow that certainly is a wide swath of the Atlantic, no wonder they couldn't find it.

    I read about the evolution of the B-17 and the increased armament these planes added over the years. But they always attributed their success (?) to the Spitfire.
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    Full Movie.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklin Bill View Post
    Wow that certainly is a wide swath of the Atlantic, no wonder they couldn't find it.
    That's what was released to the public, I guess. The unspecificity somewhat confirms that Howard was on a wartime mission to Portugal. I read elsewhere that the plane was presumed lost over the Bay of Biscay and was shot down by a 109.

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