Everyone would be brave if they left their stomachs at home.

Orchestrated Hell – December 3, 1943

Everyone would be brave if they left their stomachs at home.

Everyone would be brave if they left their stomachs at home.

Click on the link here for Audio Player: Edward R. Murrow – Special Report on Berlin Air Raid – December 3, 1943 – CBS Radio – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

In what has been considered one of the milestones in broadcast journalism, Edward R. Murrow reported his eyewitness account of a bombing raid over Berlin, this day 70 years ago.

Taking part in what had become a nightly bombing run over Germany, Murrow was aboard a Lancaster Bomber, one of the 425 taking part on this particular night. Murrow was one of 5 journalists who went along, and one of two who came back.  Of the 425 Lancasters taking part in the raid, 43 were lost either during the raid or upon return.

Murrow describes in vivid detail the raid and its affect not only on Berlin but on the crew members who did this sort of thing each night. It was one of the most dramatic accounts of military action up to that point in the war and it would set a standard for reporting years and decades to come.

Here is that newscast from December 3, 1943 as heard over CBS Radio.

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  1. JWL says:

    Ernie Pyle was invited to join a pending mission by the crew of a Flying Fort in 1944, and declined. He explained to them that other journalists had already flown such missions, and there was little he could add to their reports. More importantly, he admitted he was through sticking his neck out when he could avoid it. To his surprise, the crew congratulated him for his good sense, and admitted they were merely being polite in having made the offer at all.