In 1954, Australasian Radio produced a radio dramatisation of The Dambusters based on Australian author Paul Brickhill’s best-seller of the same name, in 26 half-hour episodes. The series featured a top-line cast, most of who were ex-airmen, including former members of the “dam-busting’ 617 Squadron and Royal Australian Air Force personnel: Paul Brickhill, author and narrator, flew with No. 92 Squadron RAF attached from the Royal Australian Air Force. Producer, Gordon Grimsdale, was an ex-fighter pilot. Charles Tingwell, who played the role of Guy Gibson, flew Spitfires and Mosquitoes in the Western Desert. David Eadier who played Air Vice-Marshal Cochrane, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross during WWII and took part in the first raid on the Tirpitz. And, ex-RAAF flight-lieutenant, Max Osbiston played the role of Australian Ace, Mick Martin.
“The wonder of this programme lies in the consistently true characterisation given by each performer.” [Around the Dial – Alexander MacDonald, 1 July 1954]
“The Dambusters…The most authentic radio dramatisation ever presented…” [The Courier-Mail (Brisbane), 1 September 1954]
Author and Narrator: Paul Brickhill
Producer: Gordon Grimsdale
Scriptwriter: Morris West
Cast: Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell, Allan Trevor, Coralie Neville, David Eadie, Alexander Archdale, Rod Taylor, Mary Jane Windsor.
Total Running Time: 11 hours and 25 minutes
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