The Press: Phony Planes

Since Nazi bombers have flown in waves over the English Channel, preparing for Adolf Hitler's invasion of Britain, the cliffs of Dover are the world's best press box for newsmen and photographers. There, one day last week, a cameraman from Planet News Ltd., top-flight British picture agency, snapped the biggest dogfight of the war to date in a darkening sky.

U. S. newspapers two days later were offered a unique photograph (see cut), flashed by radio across the Atlantic.

Meanwhile, London newsmen grew suspicious. There a similar photo, slightly different, ran as an exclusive picture in the Daily Sketch. Said Sketch's caption: "Taken...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!