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"Keith Willshaw" wrote in message
Its possible that what happened is that when the recording got
back to broadcasting house some producer decided that
the recording was too low a quality to use and got
a couple of actors to play the part.
It is a matter of record that Wynford Vaughan Thomas DID
fly that mission and took a sound engineer with him.
The sound engineer was Reg Pidsey and he used disc
recorders not a wire recorder
The lack of engine noise is rather odd. One would expect anybody trying to
fake such a recording would be quite capable of adding it.
It is obvious that people talk over each other, so either they are all in
the same room, or they have a full duplex system. Actually, it sounded like
they all had open mics. We don't hear much in the way of non-vocal noises
other than the machinegun bursts. Presumably that burst was picked up by a
mic which was open although nobody was speaking, so there had to be at least
one open mic, since they didn't have voice-activated mics back then.
Some of these things may be explicable. We would need to know the location
and recording characteristics of the recording device and how it was hooked
up to the comm system of the aircraft. And information about the comm system
of this aircraft to see if such a conversation was even possible. The nature
of the device could explain why the engine noise didn't get recorded. Early
recorders were probably not very good at recording low frequency sounds. It
may also explain why the machine gun sounds so tinny.
I don't think the crew was incredibly calm in that situation. They are
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