The acclaimed documentary Secret Spitfires will be shown on Friday, 20th September at 2.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.
It is the amazing story of ordinary girls, boys, women, elderly men and a handful of engineers who built Spitfires during the war, hidden behind secret facades of garages, bus depots, barns, a hotel, and even a bedroom.
The story starts with Hitler's determination to destroy Spitfire production and to achieve air superiority as a prelude to invasion. What he and his generals didn't know was that as they were destroying the main Spitfire factories in Southampton, manufacturing was being moved to secret factories in rural cities, small towns and villages. Three main centres were set up such as Salisbury, Trowbridge and Reading.