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'Secret Spitfires' to boost church funds

by Michael Ford last modified 26 Mar, 2019 03:42 PM

An historic Wiltshire church is hosting a special showing of the film that tells the story of how the county secretly built the most iconic of WW2's planes.

The film 'Secret Spitfires' tells the story of the young girls, boys, women, elderly men and a handful of engineers who built thousands of Spitfires in secret during WW2, planes which were critical in defeating Hitler.

And the history behind the story of the hundreds of Wiltshire people who were involved in the top secret project will also be discussed, at a special showing of the director's cut of the film, which will be shown in aid of funds for the Grade II listed St Nicholas' Church Wilsford.

The work was so secret, they did not even tell their parents and families what they did.

Spitfires were the nemesis of the Luftwaffe and the instrument which halted Hitler's plans for invasion. At great cost to themselves, the Luftwaffe was ordered to destroy the Spitfire factories at Southampton and upon completing this task, they were convinced they had now halted the production of the Spitfires for good.

Unknown to the Germans there was already a secret plan put into action to disperse manufacturing of Spitfires to secret factories in rural cities, small towns and villages.

Three secret centres were set up; Salisbury, Trowbridge, and Reading.

They were supported by multiple units and workshops and at dispersed locations around the spiritual home of the Spitfire, Southampton. Sheds, workshops, garages, bus depots and even a local hotel were used, where the public never knew of their existence.

As well as a special introduction to the film from the director, Ethem Cetintas, there will be a Q & A session after the showing with the film’s Historical Adviser, Norman Parker.

'Secret Spitfires' will be shown on Holy Saturday, 20 April, at 7.30pm in Wilsford Village Hall and signed copies of the DVD will also be on sale.

Bookings: or 07733 431748.

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