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Title:REBIRTH OF FRANCO-AMERICAN COMRADESHIP IN ARMS SYMBOLISED BY PRESENTATION OF 13 WARPLANES TO THE LAFAYETTE ESCADRILLE OF THE FRENCH AIR FORCE [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AYY 301
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Handover ceremony of American planes to the Free French Air Force at Maison Blanche aerodrome, Algeria.
Description: French and Spahi troops and an American band along with 13 P.40 Curtiss American Tomahawk planes in the aerodrome. The American flag is handed to the French. Spahis. Colonel Harold Willis of the US Army Air Forces. The French band. An Indian head on the side of a plane. General Mendigal, Commander-in-Chief of the French Air Forces in Africa inspects the planes. General Spaatz of the US Army makes a speech. French and American pilots in front of a plane. American and French flags. Shots of Major-General Bergeret, Assistant High Commissioner; Major-General Spaatz; Lieutenant-General Mendigal and Major-General James A Doolittle, Commander-in-Chief of the US Army 17th Air Force. A march past of troops led by Spahis. American troops. A French and American pilot under the propeller of a plane.
Production Details: War Office Film Unit (Production company)
Huggett, J. (Sergeant) (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Spaatz, Carl Andrew (person)
Mendigal, Jean-Achille-Henri (person)
Doolittle, James Harold (person)
Bergeret, Jean Marie Joseph (person)
Free French Air Force (regiment/service)
United States Army Air Force, 17th United States Army Air Force (regiment/service)
Keywords: Maison Blanche, Algeria (geography)
North Africa 1939-1945 (theme)