Experience the Horrors of WWII Lancaster Bombing in Virtual Reality
A great quality of virtual reality technology is its versatility and the fact that you can put into various creative use-cases. Oftentimes, virtual reality is used to create new realities that are truly extraordinary. But the technology can also be used in recreating the past and bringing out a kind of virtual living history. Such is the cases with the virtual rendering of the famous Lancaster bombers which were used during the Second World War. Through virtual reality, the creators bring to life the horrific scale of the bombing event in immersive virtual reality.
If you are a history buff and are fascinated by the war, you will definitely enjoy this VR rendering and appreciate the true scale and cost of the war. The visuals are also accompanied by the voice of a BBC reporter who covered the mission.
The virtual reality recreation takes users inside a cockpit of the famous Lancaster bomber as it flies sorties over Berlin and you also listen to the voice of the original BBC reporter, Wynford Vaughan-Thomas, who was part of mission on September 4, 1943. It is quite surreal and brings forth the past like never before. No amount of imagination can bring you as close to the real events of 7 decades ago as this virtual reality rendering. You can get a real-life feel of someone who was taking part in the raid during the war.
The bomber will fly you over the city of Berlin as it was back in the day in an immersive virtual reality experience. The VR experience has been christened 1943: Berlin Blitz. You will see the actions and hardware that bombers back in the day would have seen while flying sorties over the WWII theatre such as the burst of anti-aircraft shells around the bombers while listening to the reporter’s dramatic commentary during the raid.
Wynford’s original 1943 recording was retrieved from the BBC Archive for the creation of this virtual reality experience in order to offer users an authentic experience. Back in the day, it was played on the airwaves after the bomber had flown back from Berlin and landed at the RAF base in Nottinghamshire.
To partake of the experience, you will need to download the BBC VR app and of course, you must have the virtual reality headset. The VR app can be used with both tablets an smartphones which are inserted into the headset and act as a screen for the VR experience.
Some 7000 Lancaster bombers were built during the Second World War and they carried out a combined 150,000 bombing missions for the duration of the war. The bombers were RAF’s most successful deployed during the war. It remains a popular British icon alongside the Spitfire bombers.