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    I have a recollection that in the mid-1950s there was a film with this title, respecting Air/Sea Rescue operations. I did not see the film (indeed, I am not certain that it found its way across the Atlantic) but the title resonates still. I do not know (but would like to know) if it dealt mainly with the aircraft (and crews) or the marine craft (and crews) on such work. Most of all, however, I am curious to know if this title was the motto - official or otherwise - of a British unit or formation engaged on ASR tasks.

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    Hi Hugh,

    The film has indeed found its way across the Atlantic, in fact it has been on normal TV and is on DVD, it is worth watching. Here is the wikipedia link...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sea_Shall_Not_Have_Them

    It appears (but I am not sure) to be a re-make of 'For those in Peril' by Richard Hillary, another good film.

    http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0036834/

    Hope this helps,

    Russ

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    Hi Hugh,

    The AS/R official motto was "The Sea Shall Not Have Them" and the service lived up to it with over 11,000 men, women and children being saved between 1942 and 1945 (just over the total casualties of Coastal Command 1939-45!).

    http://www.ournewhaven.org.uk/page_id__1342.aspx

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    Hi Hugh

    Coincidentally I was looking for this one on DVD a little while ago. I found that it is available but hadn't yet got round to getting a copy.

    I remembered it because my father had (still has, I assume) a copy of the book which included copies of stills from the film. Haven't read that yet either - must do so! But from what I recall of that book the film starred actors like Dirk Bogarde and Michael Redgrave - the latter as some sort of 'boffin' on a Hudson a/c which came down in the North Sea. The crew's dinghy drifted in close to the enemy coast from where the ASR launch went in to pick them up. The story is therefore told from both the aircrew's and the ASR crew's perspectives.

    Your post has reminded me to try and get a copy, and/or at least read the book.

    Like Ross says, quite a service the ASR crews, and TSSNHT was indeed their motto.

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    Ian
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    Quote Originally Posted by RussG View Post
    Hi Hugh,

    The film has indeed found its way across the Atlantic, in fact it has been on normal TV and is on DVD, it is worth watching. Here is the wikipedia link...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sea_Shall_Not_Have_Them

    It appears (but I am not sure) to be a re-make of 'For those in Peril' by Richard Hillary, another good film.

    http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0036834/

    Hope this helps,

    Russ
    Most of "for those in peril" was filmed at Newhaven , Seven Sisters and Shoreham, usiing Newhaven craft and often shots of the crew including F/O Geoff Lockwood uttering the words "I'm off to down a pint". They were also used in "Journey Together " (1944)
    If anyone wants more info the magazine of Newhaven Museum has an article about the films written by Bill Shepherdson who served on HSL 177 at the time and took part in both films. See www.newhavenmuseum.co.uk for ways of getting a copy or PM me. Pete

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