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PROJECT JOSEPHINE  

WHAT IS PROJECT JOSEPHINE?  

Project Josephine is an action packed expedition and documentary, to be filmed over three years, re-creating the real life story of the little known but hugely significant ‘Takoradi Run' – a 3600 mile supply route flying Spitfires and other aircraft across Africa to Cairo in WW2.  

Entwined within this historical context is the personal story of Thomas Roberts - an aircraft gunner who was the sole survivor of a Bristol Blenheim Bomber that crashed in the African tropics.  

Missing, presumed dead, Thomas is returned weeks later to an RAF base in central Chad on the back of a local nomadic tribesman’s horse and is finally re-united with his fiancée Josephine. 

Included in the documentary is an ambitious attempt to recover the missing Blenheim and the body of the pilot, using old archives, grass roots investigative work and forensic evidence, an extremely challenging expedition full of risks and unknowns. 

Project Josephine is being made in honour of 20,000 missing WW2 Allied Airforces personnel. 

It is a celebration of life, adventure and freedom in the name of peace.

Spitfire Josephine cards on a copy of the 'Sunday Dispatch' newspaper No. 7359 November 1942
Spitfire Josephine cards on a copy of the 'Sunday Dispatch' newspaper No. 7359 November 1942

ABOUT

Our film crew will document the incredible journey flown by so many pilots during WW2 who were tasked with delivering over 5000 aircraft to the battlefield in North Africa.

Spitfire JOSEPHINE will carry a scroll on board listing the name of every one of the 20,000 missing airforce personnel, as detailed on the Runnymede Memorial in Surrey.

As we progress with the campaign we hope that many families will come forward to tell us about their lost relatives.

We will invite schoolchildren to visit JOSEPHINE before, during and after her flight from Takoradi to Singapore, and to write letters to JOSEPHINE discussing their hopes, ideas and dreams for the future.  Some of these letters will be delivered (and collected) along JOSEPHINE’s route – letters to be shared between schoolchildren from one country to the next. 

JOSEPHINE represents the spirit of all Spitfires. These wonderful aircraft were built to bring an end to war, not to cause war.

We plan to focus our attention on the African countries JOSEPHINE visits and to explore viewpoints other than those usually express in documentaries of this kind.  Thomas Roberts never forgot the kindness of the villagers who helped to save his life when the Bristol Blenheim crashed.

CROWDFUNDING PLANS

Tiny Angel Productions  is a new production company, co-founded by Yoseph, who is also a member of the expedition team. 

Project Josephine is our first documentary production.

Tiny Angel Productions started its creative journey as the Tiny Angel Company, producing tiny angel keepsakes, which quietly spread goodwill  around the world.  

Many lovely stories emerged through the Tiny Angel Company angels, which led to the setting up of Tiny Angel Productions - and the plan to make our first film. 

We decided to follow the independent, crowdfunding route because we want to build an enthusiastic community of people who will enjoy sharing in the experience of making this documentary.

Our final important aim is to produce a wonderful documentary for worldwide broadcast.  

Even a donation of £10 would help us to achieve that aim.

THREE CROWDFUNDING PHASES

PHASE 1  Pre-expedition

PHASE 2  Expedition

PHASE 3  Post-production and distribution

REWARDS

We want every Project Josephine crowdfunder (and Spitfire enthusiasts of all ages) to feel part of JOSEPHINE’s goodwill flight.

We are offering a tier of rewards:

-   A tweet, including photograph, to remember someone you loved.

-   Dove of Peace 'Thank you' card.

Dove of Peace Animation illustrations
Dove of Peace Animation illustrations

-   A set of 12 stickers with 6 characters from JOSEPHINE's animation film

Selection of 6 sticker designs
Selection of 6 sticker designs

-  TAKORADI ROUTE  'travel cards', which will be handwritten with the name of someone you would like us to remember on this special flight. 

Takoradi Route travel card with bike stamp illustration
Takoradi Route travel card with bike stamp illustration

The first TAKORADI ROUTE travel cards have an illustrated stamp with a sketch of Beatrice Shilling’s 1930s Norton motorbike. 

Beatrice played an essential role in improving the performance of the Spitfire’s Merlin engine, but she also loved to race motorbikes. 

Future TAKORADI ROUTE travel cards will be printed with different illustrated stamps as each new crowdfunding campaign is launched throughout the next three years.   

The cards will build into a collection of stamps showing every stopping point JOSEPHINE visits on her journey from Takoradi to Singapore.  

Sample selection of the limited edition 'stamps' for each stopping point on Josephine's journey
Sample selection of the limited edition 'stamps' for each stopping point on Josephine's journey

- Special ‘cut out’ JOSEPHINE paper airplanes.   These paper airplane cards will remain available as rewards throughout the lifetime of Project Josephine. We would love to see thousands of paper JOSEPHINE’s flying out around the world over the next three years. We’d also love to receive photographs displaying where you keep them.  Your money will help us to get the real Josephine to Singapore. 

Test 'cut out' Josephine paper airplane cards
Test 'cut out' Josephine paper airplane cards

- Tiny Angel figures in solid pewter, silver and gold.  

Tiny Angel (Photo credit Stephen Cotterell)
Tiny Angel (Photo credit Stephen Cotterell)

-  A small fabric purse made for the Tiny Angels by Paris & New York designer Kasia Dietz   

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-  Signed copies of Robert Stone's book Chasing Black Gold, which tells the hair-raising story of Robert's early adult life. Throughout 2019 Robert will be giving promotional talks about his involvement in Project Josephine and how he successfully managed to turn his life around. 

-  Request a special dedication from Robert Stone in a copy of Chasing Black Gold 

-   Project Josephine crowdfunders will get privileged access to many behind-the-scenes stories and short films from the team during the 3-year period we will be working on this documentary. 

FUTURE REWARDS  

- JOSEPHINE's song (song title not decided yet), the chorus of which plays on the animation soundtrack.  The full song will be recorded in 2019 and will be offered as a digital download and a limited edition 7" vinyl recording.

Rob's daughter, Isla, is the voice you can hear on JOSEPHINE's animation soundtrack.

Isla (with her tiny angel) on her way to the recording studio in London
Isla (with her tiny angel) on her way to the recording studio in London
Matt in the recording studio working on Josephine's animation soundtrack
Matt in the recording studio working on Josephine's animation soundtrack

-   Gold Tiny Angels will be added in PHASE 2 of our campaign.

-   We might offer Tiny Angels with coloured-enamelled wings, if you express an interest in them. 

We have so many ideas for rewards - at all levels - it will be easier to decide which ones to offer by asking you in advance in our diary updates.  

MEET THE TEAM

As a team we are: British, Canadian, Congolese, American and Ethiopian.

We have wonderful expert supporters in several countries around the world including France, Germany, Poland, Chad, Switzerland, New Zealand, America, Canada and Australia - some will appear in our documentary (but we can't reveal who they are yet).

The core team:

BOSTON NDOOLE   - Expedition Team Leader, who is best known in the UK for his participation in Levison Wood's Walking the Nile expedition in 2013-2014.

Boston on location
Boston on location
Boston walking the Nile with Levison Wood
Boston walking the Nile with Levison Wood

YOSEPH GETTU - Co-founder of Tiny Angel Productions and Assistant Expedition Team Leader

Yoseph on a work project in Tanzania
Yoseph on a work project in Tanzania

ROBERT STONE  - Pilot & Presenter   

Rob with daughter Isla at a 'Chasing Black Gold' book signing
Rob with daughter Isla at a 'Chasing Black Gold' book signing

MATTHEW HINCHLIFFE - Broadcast Producer/Director

Matthew filming in Afghanistan
Matthew filming in Afghanistan
      
Matthew on location with David Jason
Matthew on location with David Jason



DR. TERENCE CHRISTIAN  -  Specialist Archaeologist 

Aviation history
Aviation history



HUGHIE BALFOUR PAUL  -  Co-pilot

Spitfire Josephine Co-pilot
Spitfire Josephine Co-pilot



MONTY BALFOUR PAUL  -   Lead Ground Crew Aeronautical Engineer
 
Monty working in The Shetland Isles
Monty working in The Shetland Isles

SAM FUGGLE  - Artwork

Finally, we would be delighted if you followed Project Josephine on Twitter   

SET UP BUDGET 

Risks and challenges

We know this project is a HUGE challenge.

However, here are some facts to consider when backing us:

* Project Josephine has been planned and researched over eight years.

* It has taken four years to build our core team and every member is committed to making Project Josephine a success.

* We have discovered some amazing, entertaining stories about the 'Takoradi Run' mission and we are looking forward to sharing them with you in the documentary.

* We are as prepared as is feasible in the circumstances to carry out two intertwined expeditions that will produce an exciting documentary precisely because of the unknown elements our team will face along the way.

* We are happy to answer any questions you wish to ask about Project Josephine, but be aware that we need to keep some elements of the expedition confidential until closer to the time of filming. Several important Project Josephine supporters reading this section will know why this is necessary and we thank you for your patience.

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    Remember me

    Project Josephine is all about remembering the people we love. We will tweet the name of someone you would like to remember here (you can also email us a photograph and we will add it to the tweet). It does not have to be someone your family lost during WW2 - it can be anyone you want to remember here, with us, by celebrating their lives through JOSEPHINE's adventurous expedition. A massive thank you from us for joining the Project Josephine team in this way xx

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    Dove of Peace 'Thank You' card

    A 'Thank you' postcard with the 'Dove of Peace' animation illustrations.

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    12 Sticker Pack (Animation Characters)

    A pack of 12 stickers of characters in Spitfire Josephine's animation film.

    (6 designs, 2 stickers of each design)

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    TAKORADI ROUTE Travel Card

    This is the first of our collectable limited edition TAKORADI ROUTE travel cards.

    The card has the 1930s Norton Bike illustration stamp on the right top hand corner.

    The name of the person you wish to remember will be handwritten in the
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    Josephine Paper Airplane 'cut out' Card

    Spitfire Josephine (as she appears in our animation film) 'cut out' paper airplane card. Josephine can be assembled and placed on a paper stand.

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    TAKORADI ROUTE travel card & Tiny Angel

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    Pewter Tiny Angel

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    Tiny Angel Purse

    A small fabric purse made for the Tiny Angels by Paris & New York designer Kasia Dietz.

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    Chasing Black Gold

    Signed copies of Robert Stone's book 'Chasing Black Gold'.

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    Dedicated copy of 'Chasing Black Gold'

    Request a handwritten dedication from Robert Stone in a copy of 'Chasing Black Gold'.

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    Silver Tiny Angel

    Solid silver Tiny Angel with leopard's head London hallmark.

    You will find a video on the Project Josephine website 'Crowdfunding Campaign' page showing the first silver Tiny Angel being polished and finished by one of the silversmiths at Ottewill Silversmiths in Kent.

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