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Mysticpuma2003
07-19-2009, 03:20 PM
Guys here's the video I recorded of Eric Carter chatting about his experiences in WW2.

I have tried to keep the questions limited so that Eric could chat unhindered by my interruptions and think I have managed to be reasonably successful.

Eric flew Hurricane's with 615 Squadron, and then transferred to No.81 Squadron and was shipped out to Murmansk in Russia, to help the fight against the Germans, who it was feared if they took Murmansk, would have a significant foothold to strike Allied Forces.

He was later transferred to Burma and fought the Japanese and talks about the day the group he was with heard news of the Atom Bomb and wars end.

I have added some images sourced from the internet along with images supplied by Eric himself to break up the footage so it's not just Eric chatting.

I hope you find it interesting. Now, I've uploaded it to Blip TV, as the file is 1hr and 16 minutes long, and this was the only free hosting site I could find that could take such a large file.

The footage has been compressed to flv format, but the audio and video (if you keep it default size), is more than viewable (I hope you agree).

Now, the one thing I would point out is that on the morning of the interview, by tie-clip microphone broke, so I had to use by emergency backup. It's the very obvious white tie-clip microphone, which frustrated me, but it's all I had available, apologies for it http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

So, without further ado, here you go:

http://blip.tv/file/2377138/

Cheers, MP.

PS. Once I have finished the Checkertails Movie/Documentary, I will do this for each of pilot interviews I have filmed and release them on the internet.

Mysticpuma2003
07-19-2009, 03:20 PM
Guys here's the video I recorded of Eric Carter chatting about his experiences in WW2.

I have tried to keep the questions limited so that Eric could chat unhindered by my interruptions and think I have managed to be reasonably successful.

Eric flew Hurricane's with 615 Squadron, and then transferred to No.81 Squadron and was shipped out to Murmansk in Russia, to help the fight against the Germans, who it was feared if they took Murmansk, would have a significant foothold to strike Allied Forces.

He was later transferred to Burma and fought the Japanese and talks about the day the group he was with heard news of the Atom Bomb and wars end.

I have added some images sourced from the internet along with images supplied by Eric himself to break up the footage so it's not just Eric chatting.

I hope you find it interesting. Now, I've uploaded it to Blip TV, as the file is 1hr and 16 minutes long, and this was the only free hosting site I could find that could take such a large file.

The footage has been compressed to flv format, but the audio and video (if you keep it default size), is more than viewable (I hope you agree).

Now, the one thing I would point out is that on the morning of the interview, by tie-clip microphone broke, so I had to use by emergency backup. It's the very obvious white tie-clip microphone, which frustrated me, but it's all I had available, apologies for it http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

So, without further ado, here you go:

http://blip.tv/file/2377138/

Cheers, MP.

PS. Once I have finished the Checkertails Movie/Documentary, I will do this for each of pilot interviews I have filmed and release them on the internet.

Trefle
07-19-2009, 05:18 PM
Thank you very much for this long interview MysticPuma , it was nice to watch , veterans are passing away and it's important to remember them , good job man , i'm eager to watch your other interviews http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

ytareh
07-19-2009, 06:56 PM
Just finished watching it,thanks.

WTE_Galway
07-19-2009, 08:36 PM
much kudos for putting these interviews together ..

steiner562
07-20-2009, 05:01 AM
That was a great listen,thanks http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Choctaw111
07-20-2009, 06:20 AM
Thank you very much for this MP.
What have you been up to lately?
I don't see you here much anymore.

Mysticpuma2003
07-20-2009, 07:23 AM
Lately I've been absolutely snowed under with detail,details,details of the Checkertails Documentary, editing images for it, arranging trips to the US to meet up and interview the pilots, arranging to go to the Camarillo Airshow and meet Art Fiedler (317th FS Pilot), Eric Carter interview, video editing the Checkertails, researching details.....

....I remember when I used to play IL2 lol!

Still, just one-year to go, and the Documentary will be released...almost there....almost there..... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Cheers, MP>

Waldo.Pepper
07-20-2009, 04:55 PM
That was beyond excellent.

At the risk of over analyzing things ...

I thought that when he mentioned the German equivalent of the Lysander he was thinking of the Henschel HS 126. Especially when he mentioned photo recon. I hope prompting him with the Storch didn't influence his memory.

It is interesting how his attitude toward the wartime leadership of the Russians remain hardened to this day. Specifically, I am thinking of his relating the leaderships reluctance to acknowledge the need of Hurricanes and other Allied supplies. Even going so far as to order the destruction of Hurricane's in what is implied to be am Orwellian cover up. That was interesting. I wonder if this event was really driven by the need to save face. Or whether it was for other reasons.

Did I miss what the Squadron was that he flew in Burma with?

BillyTheKid_22
07-20-2009, 05:46 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Good Interview!!

julian265
07-21-2009, 07:16 AM
Well done, much appreciated.

MaxBruder
07-21-2009, 09:13 AM
Great to see. Never get tired of real life stories of what it was like back then. This has to rate right up there.

Heliopause
07-21-2009, 11:29 AM
Always interesting http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Monty_Thrud
07-21-2009, 12:20 PM
Mystic...thank you for this, i thoroughly enjoyed it, great interview, hope there will be more pilot interviews to come, Eric seems a great feller... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif