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Making war history in one weekend

By This is Kent  |  Posted: June 11, 2010

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TELEVISION boss Peter Williams is making a documentary about airplane workers who built an entire Wellington bomber in just 24 hours.

Mr Williams, who lives in Bougthon-under-Blean, between Faversham and Canterbury, said: "It was a remarkable achievement."

He is basing the one-hour programme on a propaganda film made by the British during the Second World War.

Workers' Weekend told the story of engineers attempting to build a Wellington bomber from first bolt to take-off over a weekend.

Researchers have tracked down five of the men and women who worked on the aircraft.

Apart from the Spitfire and the Hurricane, more Wellingtons – 11,461 – were built by the British than any other aircraft during the war.

Historian Sir Max Hastings describes the Wellington as "the plane aircrew loved."

Pilot Rupert "Tiny" Cooling recalled: "It was an aircraft that simply wanted to keep flying, however much punishment it took."

The factory where the Wellington LN514 was built, in Broughton, North Wales, now produces wings for the new Anglo-French Airbus.

Mr Williams, who is also chairman of the New Marlowe Theatre Trust and a founder of the Canterbury Festival, is producing and directing the programme which has been commissioned by digital channel BBC4.

Also on his team are Stephen Hopkins and Jo Taylor and editor Paul Meadows.

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