Spitfire Avenue 75 years on (film production)

My name is Robert Martin i am a independent film-maker who lives on Brisbanes Northside .

During the time i was going to high school i always wondered why the street the school was on was named Spitfire Ave ,

after researching and asking questions it came to my attention that the road was once a ww2 military airfield ,  just one of three that were placed in the area this is the only runway left in the area of Strathpine it was later sealed and used as a local street  , during the war years this area was called camp Strathpine  .

Not only did we have Australian forces here but also American ,and English , during these years the population went from 4000 to over 15000 with troops being stationed here from time to time before heading north to combat the japanese threat . after the war the runway was disbanded and used as a raceway precursor to lakeside motor sport raceway .

During 1944 we had 548 and 549 Spitfire squadrons formed here English pilots with Australian ground crews ,

April 19 1944 at 8.50 am 2 spitfires took off from the now known spitfire ave and were involved in a incident which resulted in the mid air collision of these 2 spitfires killing both RAF  pilots , they are buried in Lutwyche war cemetery Brisbane  their names were.
flight Sgt Alan Victor Chandler and Squadron leader William Henry Alexander Wright both Royal air force pilots , this film will be dedicated to them .

My goal with this production is to capture those war years that happened here in Moreton bay (Queensland Australia) but to also feature some historic ww2 landmarks which still exist in the Brisbane area .

some segments in the film will be on .

fort Lytton,fort Bribie ,Moreton island fortifications, General Macarthurs Brisbane office, Hanger 7 ,common weapons used during ww2 , interviews with historians and veterans who served here and local council representatives and also why the military monuments are place all along the road Anzac Avenue from Petrie to Redcliffe  , plus much more .

I hope the final cut of this up coming production will be screened in our local and Brisbane area on those special days of the year we honor our local military forces to show , we will remember them .

I would like to see the finished film go into schools and local libraries to show the younger generation about how different life was   here during ww2 .

(what donations will be used for )

I am fundraising for the costs mainly to help cover expenses for the hiring  of any historic vehicles civilian and military ,background aircraft   that can sit static in the shots of the re enactments  and also the hire of 1940s  out fits civilian and military and some actors .

all donors to the production will be credited in the credits at the end of the film if their name is left with the donation.

i Robert Martin will be Filming ,Editing, and Directing the doco , i have my own Cameras and Editing equipment .

(a little bit about me.)

  I started out as a musician (guitarist) played in bands and duos for years , i won a talent contest in the 90s which led me into acting for film and television ,my agent was studio search from the Gold Coast,  i had parts in productions like Medivac, The day of the roses , The lost world, Flotsom and Jetson , Cameleon , Komodo, Australian story  and a few  international productions .

being a muso and venturing into acting i decided to join them together and have a go at producing music clips,  then i moved into producing films , my latest  documentary release was titled, Titanic 100 years then and now, about the life of titanic survivor Edith Haisman i worked along side 4  of her children to tell this story .
now i thought it was time to revisit  my old film production spitfire avenue add new stories and bring it into the 21st century with a new title ,Spitfire Avenue 75 years on.
every year the local RAAFA assoc  murrumba downs  holds a special memorial service for these two english pilots just prior to anzac day ,

this year  was special we had the niece and nephew of one of the pilots alan victor chandler attend they came all the way from cornwall uk and im currently in contact with one cousin of the other pilot lost in the accident sqn ldr william henry alexander wright .

my motto is, a true story is the most powerful .

i will leave this page up  till 11/11/21 .

if you have any questions  please send me a msg .
 thank you for your support .


Robert Martin

please view some photos i have added below .

45834734_1583573743839740_r.jpegpicture above spitfire avenue runway just after the war .45834734_1583573917890527_r.jpegRAAF members (ret) from 548-549 spitfire sqn groundcrew were invited to attend my first original production shoot in lawnton photo taken around 15 years ago . alot of these vets are no longer with us .
45834734_1583574226403413_r.jpeggeneral macarthur visiting his troops the 1st cavalry  division  stationed in strathpine .
45834734_1583574443760948_r.jpegfuneral of flt sgt alan victor chandler and sqn ldr william henry alexander wright RAF spitfire pilots who lost their lives in a mid air collision over petrie , burial took place at lutwyche war cemetery .
45834734_1583574731951614_r.jpegme presenting a photo of spitfire pilot Alan Chandler to the RAAFA Murrumba downs during the annual 548-549 spitfire memorial .
no photos seem to exist of sqn leader William Henry Alexander Wright at this point.
45834734_1583575520944556_r.jpegmk v111 spitfires with australian markings.

45834734_1583575619374642_r.jpegAmerican 8th air force camp strathpine 1940s45834734_1583575804576827_r.jpegpilots from 549 spitfire sqn45834734_1583575945383686_r.jpega recreated scene from my first production

45834734_1583576010660187_r.jpegsome of my actors and extras from the first production .45834734_1583576105209406_r.jpeganother recreated scene from the original film.

a big thank you to everyone who took the time to read through this page any support would be great as well as information or  other unseen photos of wartime strathpine  could assist in this upcoming production greatly .


robert martin

producer director .

spitfire avenue 75 years on .
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