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Korvessa18 Aug 2022 6:38 p.m. PST

So watching a youtube video on Stukas in the movies.
The narrator was making the point that even though the sirens have now become so iconic, they use the sound effect all the time, even for non-divebombers, that the Germans actually discontinued using them fairly early in the war.

What you are actually hearing (wait for it) "is the tail-gunner screaming."

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP19 Aug 2022 6:04 a.m. PST

It would be a pretty wild rollercoaster ride from the backseat.

Andrew Walters19 Aug 2022 9:30 a.m. PST

I am always puzzled when that sound appears for no good reason. I suppose it's a signal to turn of the pedantic side of your brain and let them tell you the story as best they can.

Heedless Horseman Supporting Member of TMP19 Aug 2022 5:52 p.m. PST

Not really a line… and very long time since I read, and cannot quote, but…
In one of Spike Milligan's War recollections.
A captured, grounded Stuka had its engine started by bored, curious soldiery. It Ran and Ran… until an officer 'shot' it with his pistol!
Spike's Books were a great read!

Andrew Walters19 Aug 2022 10:50 p.m. PST

I read Stuka Pilot, and that was an interesting read on two levels. On one level, that was a truly great airplane. Relatively low tech, even for the time, but making really excellent use of the technologies available to produce a really reliable, versatile, and effective aircraft. It was really impressive what they got that plane to do without any electronics (well, except the radio). It was also interesting as a view into the mind of an unrepentant Nazi, which was illuminating if not fun.

I have not read any Spike Mulligan – have to put that not the list.

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