A History of the BBC in 100 Blog Posts: 1943.

In September 1943, BBC war correspondent Wynford Vaughan-Thomas (pictured) boarded a Lancaster bomber with his recording engineer and a microphone.  Over seventy years later, his words were used as the basis for a VR experience placing the viewer on board the plane with him, watching a night-time bombing raid over Berlin.  

Best viewed using a VR headset, it's nevertheless viewable through a browser on YouTube.  The computer rendering isn't Unreal quality, but its nevertheless extremely immersive and watchable and worth seeing a few times in order to pick up all of the details.  

More of Vaughan-Thomas's work as a war correspondent can be heard at the British Library.  There's also a report from years later of him visiting the Vale of Clwyd.  This memorial would later be erected in Aberhosan to commemorate his life.

Behind The Scenes

"BBC Home Service programme produced by the Entertainments National Service Association entitled 'ENSA Half Hour' broadcast from London"
[Imperial War Museum][BBC Programme Index]

"Film records and illustrates a BBC broadcast by West Indians in Britain to explain to the British people the West Indians' contribution to the war effort."
[Imperial War Museum]

"Hugh Carleton Greene, head of the BBC's German Service, describes how some Germans risk severe punishment by the Gestapo to listen to broadcasts."
[BBC Archive][BBC Programme Index]

"The BBC works to provide an enriching Schools broadcast that teaches children about other cultures."
[British Council film archive]

"Nicholas Kenyon explores early music at the BBC in the 1940s."
[BBC Sounds]

"The third of five personal essays on the voice and radio. Former BBC journalist and now media professor David Hendy explores how, in the early years of radio, the voices coming through the airwaves were heard and regarded."
[BBC Sounds]

"Broadcast on the BBC Home Service, Thursday 23rd December 1943 at 21.40 (or 9.40pm)"
[Chris Goddard]

"The BBC completed its first twenty-one years of day -to -day broadcasting at a time when its will and purpose were wholly devoted to the tasks of war."
[World Radio History]