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Posted on Wednesday 5th August

Leslie Howard is the subject of a new documentary entitled The Man Who Gave A Damn which will be screened later this month at the Chichester Film Festival, as discussed in The Telegraph.

The Hollywood actor starred in films such as Gone With The Wind before offering his services to the British government when war broke out. He was killed under mysterious circumstances in 1943 when the passenger flight he was travelling on was shot down by the Luftwaffe over the Bay of Biscay.

In Flight 777 – The Mystery of Leslie Howard, Ian Colvin carried out an exhaustive investigation into the incident including interviewing former Luftwaffe personnel. The director of The Man Who Gave a Damn, Thomas Hamilton, describes the book as, "a fascinating piece of work and a great source of prime information on the events and surrounding detail of the subject."

Further Reading

Flight 777

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Flight 777

(Hardback - 232 pages)
by Ian Colvin

On 1 June 1943 Flight 777, a Douglas DC-3, en route from Lisbon to Britain, was shot down over the Bay of Biscay by German aircraft. Among the dead was the actor Leslie Howard, who had returned from Hollywood to England to help the British war effort. Also on board was Howards tax adviser, Alfred Chenhalls, who smoked cigars and looked remarkably like Winston Churchill. Did the Germans believe that Churchill was on board Flight… Read more...

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