Many Oklahomans, especially those in the oil and natural gas industry know the story of Llyod Noble from Ardmore.
“It’s a great story for Oklahoma,” said Grey Frederickson, Oklahoma fil producer.
“It’s a great story for the oil business.”
Grey Frederickson, Oklahoma’s “Godfather of Film” is creating a documentary on Sherwood Forest and how Lloyd Noble along with 44 roughnecks played a critical role during World War II.
“All of the stuff you see on the newsreels and the stuff about D-day and all of that fuel came from these group of Oklahoma oil guys drilling 100 wells in Sherwood Forest to power that invasion of D-Day.”
During that time, German submarines were sinking all of the oil tankers that America sent to England, and they lacked proper drilling equipment to extract the oil themselves.
Noble along with the roughnecks ended up sending over two million barrels of oil to British refineries, which powered D-Day and the end of World War II.
“It’s just important for the world to see stuff like this and realize and see wow, what would’ve happened if they didn’t have the fuel,” said Frederickson.
He says this story is a part of his heritage
“My dad, my grandfather was one of the founders of an Oklahoma natural gas company and my dad was an independent oil operator,” said Frederickson.
Now, he just needs help with funding the documentary.
“We’re just looking for people to help with investments and such. It would be a non-profit, 501(c)(3) through the history center,” said Frederickson. “This is a wonderful way to maybe get people aware of how important the oil industry is.”
Potential donors can make donations to a 501(c)(3) support group, Friends of the Oklahoma History Center.
He anticipates filming to start in the spring and the documentary to be completed in Fall 2020.