This's a Warner Bros. sound effect that is not available on the Warner Bros. Sound Effects Library. It's the original (more or less artificial) recording of Warner Bros.' version of the siren of the German Ju-87 "Junkers" Stuka dive bombers (or the STUKA SIREN for short). One of its earliest uses was in Porky's Hare Hunt (1938).

In most media today, it's usually heard in a very high-pitched, yell-like, processed version known as Sound Ideas, CARTOON, AIRPLANE - PROP PLANE POWER DIVE SCREAM. Most versions of this sound have been used by Ben Burtt for the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. This "apocalyptic howl" was recreated for the 2017 Warner Bros. picture, Dunkirk, by sound designer Richard King.

Similar Variations

Used in

TV Shows

  • Dexter's Laboratory (Not used, but the score mimics this sound as Dee Dee dives onto Dexter in "The Big Sister")
  • Tom and Jerry Tales (heard once in "Bats What I Like About The South" in a different, processed pitch)



  • Disney Cartoons (Shorts) (A different-pitched, processed, modified version is Heard once after The Thrifty Pig (1941) in promo following the short as a Nazi plane dives into one of their bombers)
  • Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies (Shorts) (Heard in many shorts, and much more often than the more familiar variant Sound Ideas, CARTOON, AIRPLANE - PROP PLANE POWER DIVE SCREAM. Extended, pitch-increasing versions are also used in "The Heckling Hare" and "Falling Hare")
  • Some WWII documentary in the 40s TBA (once, as a Japanese fighter spins down into the ocean, not much of a dive. Heard in a lower, deep processed pitch) [I BigIdeas70258 saw this on the war channel on Filmon]

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Audio Samples

Currently, there are no audio samples available; if you want to find one, it can probably be found in classic Looney Tunes and Warner Bros WWI/WWII pictures. The cleanest version can be heard in "Attack of the Hawkmen" (the first/ascending half). The descending half (lower quality) can be found in Red Tails and Wings (2012 print), modified more or less with echo and other effects.

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