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55 years ago today – Operation Crowflight Film ABV2

On the 15th December 1960, 55 years ago today, the Australian Broadcasting Commission in Melbourne (ABV2) premiered the film “Operation Crowflight” as part of it’s People programme.

My father Terence Gallacher was the director of the film, in 2010 he wrote three articles on the making, production and reaction to the film, in the interview below he ends by saying, “I was very proud of working on that film and very proud to have been working with the people who worked with me on it, terrific team.” Read more

Rejoining Movietone 1961

Having worked in Australia for over four years, we decided to return to England.

We left on board the R.M.S. Orcades.  We boarded the ship and we were followed on board by my wife, Janet’s sister and her family and also a large number of my colleagues from ABV2.   We had a party on board, but eventually. They all had to get off the ship and we set sail and 11pm on January 5th 1961. Read more

Operation Crowflight – ABV2 15th December 1960

50 years ago today, the Australian Broadcasting Commission in Melbourne (ABV2) premiered the film “Operation Crowflight” as part of it’s People programme.

Of course, many documentaries have their 50th anniversary, however, this was the first documentary film ever broadcast about the U2 aircraft and it’s mission in Australia. The film was made during historic times, the same year Gary Powers was captured by the Soviets after his U2 was shot down.  We had unprecedented access to the U2’s in action at R.A.A.F East Sale. Read more

Operation Crowflight 1960 Part Two

Click here for Operation Crowflight 1960 Part One.

The shooting of “Operation Crowflight” was only halfway through the process of producing a finished article ready for broadcasting.  After an eventful day at R.A.A.F. East Sale, we had to gear ourselves up for another eventful period post-producing the documentary on Operation Crowflight. It was almost midnight when we got back to the ABC in Melbourne (ABV2).  Read more