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NOVA: Great Escape At Dunkirk

Airs Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 at 9 p.m. & Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. on KPBS TV + Sunday, Feb. 18 at 9 p.m. on KPBS 2

Decades after crashing on the beach in 1940, Geoffrey Stephenson’s Spitfire h...

Credit: Courtesy of WGBH/Katie Johns

Above: Decades after crashing on the beach in 1940, Geoffrey Stephenson’s Spitfire has been restored to flying condition and now lives at Duxford Airfield, UK.

Discover traces of the ships and planes lost during World War II.

On NOVA "Great Escape At Dunkirk," join archaeologists and divers recovering remains of ships and planes lost during World War II’s epic Dunkirk operation.

Discover new evidence of the ingenious technology that helped save Allied forces from defeat by the encircling Germans.

Photo credit: Courtesy of WGBH/Alexis Nguyen

The MV Crested Eagle wreck, Dunkirk, France.

Featuring an exclusive excavation of a newly-found Spitfire wreck, NOVA debunks the myth and highlights the essential role that the RAF's iconic fighter played in reversing the desperate stakes that played out in the air above the beleaguered men.

Great Escape At Dunkirk: Preview

How courage and ingenuity saved Allied troops during the epic Dunkirk operation in 1940.


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