• Short Summary

    Good shots of anti-aircraft teams at work against German bombers.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "Home Guard Shoot Down A Bomber".

    MS of Home Guard men training with rifles.

    GV Wreckage of Dornier lying in field, it was shot down by Home Guard rifle fire.

    CU Officer congratulating his men on their achievement.

    VS Good shots of men at action in the anti-aircraft gun emplacements, showing gun aimers and gunners in action against large formation of German bombers.

    VS of the wreckage of German bombers lying in the fields of Southern England.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1053.48
    Media URN:
    21062
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    22/08/1940
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:44:43:00 / 01:46:11:00
    Canister:
    40/68

Comments (3)

  1. Mickack says

    Whilst I agree with AlanJM that this was a disputed incident, original documents from the time suggest that the Dornier\'s demise was effected/assisted by 4th (Chislehurst) P Battalion ,Kent Home guard ( which was shortly to be renamed 54th ( Chislehurst) Kent Battalion). they were led at the time by Captain F.H.Clarke DCM. who appears in the film congratulating his unit, standing alongside him in the film are Lt Colonel CRB Chiesman the battalion Commander and Major C Stuart Chiesman The 2nd in Command who was the Owner of the department store, \"Chiesman\'s of Lewisham\", The right of the unit to be identified as responsible for the aircrafts destruction was published in Home guard orders, London Area by Brigadier J Whitehead dated 18.8.40 , Paragraph 43 and repeated in Home guard order No 9 of the 4th Battalion HG on 20.8.40, the men shown reenacting firing on the bomber from behind sandbagged cover are also members of the above unit pictured outside their HQ .

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  2. AlanJM says

    This is something of a disputed incident that was alleged to have taken place on 18.8.40,
    when men of the 4th Kent Platoon of the Home Guard, which included caddies from a nearby golf course, clerks, milkmen and postmen, led by WWI veteran, Lieutenant Bertie Miller, reportedly shot down a Dornier 17 at Leaves Green, near Biggin Hill.
    While the Air Ministry gave Mr Miller’s men credit for the shooting, other sources claim it was because of ground defences at Kenley and attacks from 111 Squadron. However, when interviewed years later, the Dornier pilot, Herr Rudolf Lamberty, stated "I was attacked by a Spitfire and then met the full force of the defences from the ground".

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  3. AlanJM says

    This is something of a disputed incident that was alleged to have taken place on 18.8.40,
    when men of the 4th Kent Platoon of the Home Guard, which included caddies from a nearby golf course, clerks, milkmen and postmen, led by WWI veteran, Lieutenant Bertie Miller, reportedly shot down a Dornier 17 at Leaves Green, near Biggin Hill.
    While the Air Ministry gave Mr Miller’s men credit for the shooting, other sources claim it was because of ground defences at Kenley and attacks from 111 Squadron. However, when interviewed years later, the Dornier pilot, Herr Rudolf Lamberty, stated "I was attacked by a Spitfire and then met the full force of the defences from the ground".

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