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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 Bosko the Doughboy (1931), a short which predates the first flight of the Stuka in 1935 (although there may've been tests prior to 1935).

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.

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  • 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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