633 Squadron

Date: 1964
Director: Walter Grauman
Production Company: Mirisch Films

Stars: Cliff Robertson, George Chakiris, Maria Perschy, Harry Andrews, Donald Houston
Location(s): Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hertfordshire; Argyll & Bute, Highland (Scotland)

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Storyline:

An RAF squadron is assigned to knock out a German rocket fuel factory in Norway that supplies fuel for the Nazi effort to launch rockets on England during D-Day. Their nearly impossible mission is further complicated by a German air raid, the difficult approach to the target and the capture and torture of the underground leader who is assisting the squadron.

Additional Information:

Screen captures uploaded by Ray Edwards and published by Richard Lovejoy

John Skinner advises that the German sequence is an out take/discard from The Great Escape, the same Producers.

 

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Opening scenes are of a German World War Two base. With 002, likely to be a set but included for scene setting.

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A German Army vehicle is seen leaving the Camp carrying a high ranking German Officer.

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The retreat of 633 Squadron Officers when stood down. The Black Swan public house is the Three Compasses public house, Pegmire Lane, Aldenham, Hertfordshire, still open for business.

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633 Squadron aircraft landing at RAF Sutton Craddock bomber airfield. This is actually RAF Bovingdon airfield, northwest of Bovingdon, Hertfordshire. A local market is held on part of the old runways today.

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Wing Commander Roy Grant (Cliff Robertson) arrives by car at the office in RAF Sutton Craddock. RAF Bovingdon was mainly a USAAF airfield from 1942 to 1962. By the time this movie was being made, the USAAF had gone.

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RAF Sutton Craddock Control Tower, actually RAF Bovingdon Control Tower. The airfield closed in 1972. Looking at Google Maps, as of 2016 the Control Tower still survives along with the little building seen in this still.

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Officers of 633 Squardron depart in an RAF vehicle. Again this is RAF Bovingdon looking towards the hangars. Today the hangars have been replaced with HM Prison The Mount.

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Wing Commander Roy Grant arrives at the offices of RAF Sutton Craddock.

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A German Convoy passes through a European village.

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An RAF Staff car pulls up at the sentry gate of RAF Sutton Craddock.

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Wing Commander Roy Grant arrives outside The Black Swan.

During a quiet moment, Wing Commander Roy Grant (Cliff Robertson) takes Hilde Bergman (Maria Perschy) for a picnic beside a river. This still is taken just before the camera pans left onto them. According to a 633 Squadron Wikipedia entry, this is the same location as the river scene in From Russia With Love.

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Ivor Williams provides this shot of Tykes Water Lake in Elstree adding that it has indeed been used in many TV programs and movies over the years. These include, he says, the opening titles of the 6th series of The Avengers showing Linda Thorson running over it. (RL)

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The entrance to a German Command Post that 633 Squadron are asked to destroy. Possibly this is a stage set. Yes it is indeed a set, see http://avengerland.theavengers.tv/studios/mgmblot.htm (RL)

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Another view of the German Command post shortly before being destroyed. Looks very much like a stage setting. A set it is, see http://avengerland.theavengers.tv/studios/mgmblot.htm (RL)

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Final shots of a high ranking RAF officer walking from the Control Tower at RAF Sutton Craddock. Throughout the movie there are several aerial shots of bombing runs etc. These would be very difficult to pin point their locations as there are no identifying structures to aid visual identifaction. Most were filmed in Scotland.

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