Rare interview with 'Bomber' Harris on TV
EXCERPTS of a rare interview with a Second World War commander will be aired on television for the first time tonight.
Cheltenham resident Air Vice Marshall Tony Mason conducted the 90-minute interview with Sir Arthur 'Bomber' Harris in 1977.
It will form part of the Inside Out programme, to be broadcast on BBC 1 in the Midlands and West at 7.30pm.
Mr Mason said: "The programme is about Harris, who was born in Cheltenham.
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"It is being identified as historic material as it is the only interview, as opposed to news clips, which he ever gave."
Sir Arthur, who was air officer commander-in-chief of RAF Bomber Command, was born in Cheltenham in 1892.
He became a squadron leader in the newly formed Royal Air Force, and during the following 20 years served in India and the Middle East.
In 1942, he took over as commander-in-chief of Bomber Command where he gained respect from his subordinates and loyalty from his crews.
The controversial figure retired from the RAF in 1946 and died in April 1984.
During the six-year war, 55,573 Allied bomber airmen lost their lives.