FILMING has begun at Dalton Barracks airfield for a production rumoured to be produced by Hollywood superstars Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.

According to a filming notice outside of the military base, production began yesterday and will continue each week for the next four weeks.

Spotted at the airfield was a now completed model of the Second World War plane, the B-17 Flying Fortress.

Model of B-17 'Flying Fortress'

After a planning application for a 'prestigious production' was submitted to the Vale of the White Horse District Council, it was rumoured that the filming is for Masters of the Air is a Second World War mini-series being created for Apple TV.

The TV show is going to be a follow-up to the Emmy-award winning Second World War miniseries Band of Brothers and The Pacific.

Details about the production say that the series will focus on the 100th Bombardment Group (a unit of the US Air Force) who were based in Thorpe Abbotts in Suffolk during the war.

Filming dates for the production

Filming locations have still not been publicly confirmed, but details in the planning application to Vale of White Horse District Council seem to tie in strongly with the plot of the show.

For example, the application states that the production wants to ‘recreate the airbase on the airfield’.

All pictures: Eirian Jane Prosser

It goes on: “There will be no flying, although the runway will be used to film aircraft landing and there will also be aerial photography over the runway of planes taxiing.”

The plot of Masters of the Air is said to be focused on the actions of the regiment of the US Air Force in the Second World War.