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Title:CASUALTY EVACUATION FROM YAZAGYO [Allocated Title]
Film Number:FUB 11
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Light aircraft of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) evacuate casualties of 11th East African Division from Yazagyo, Burma.
Description: A USAAF L-5 Sentinel named Lacy's Lassie; a pilot boards and starts up. Another L-5, serial 299149, with the word 'Wet' and a question mark on its cowling takes off; diagonal stripes on rear fuselage indicate 1st Air Commando Group. L-5 taxiing after landing. L-5 299636 passing. An African soldier is helped out of a Sentinel by an Indian soldier wearing the patch of XXXIII Indian Corps and led to a tent with a small sign reading 'Reception'. Ambulance with a USAAF Douglas C-47 Skytrain (Dakota) taking off in the background. More Dakotas. Air-to-air view of Sentinel 299415 with good views of the terrain below, including the River Myittha. Casualty out of L-5 and onto stretcher; he is carried to the reception tent and a Dakota takes off in the background. A Sentinel named 'Pappy' with shot of the pilot, Technical Sergeant H H Myers of Bridge Port, New Jersey; according to the dopesheet he is reputedly the oldest pilot in the USAAF. British soldier with arm in a sling by a Sentinel. Stretcher cases carried to and from ambulances. Close-up of an L-5 cowling with inscription 'Angel of Mercy - Sponsored by the students of Barber School - Detroit Michigan'. More stretcher cases with an L-1 Vigilant passing. Tent 'Medical Officer'. More shots of comings and goings. Aerial air-to-air of 299138, often in close formation. Local labourers at work on the strip; stretcher cases are carried past. Various shots of locals cutting rice straw. Casualties conveyed on mules. Parked L-5 with locals behind. More shots of the locals at work. 299149 takes off. 'Niki III' takes off. Stretcher case to aircraft. Take off. A crashed L-5, apparently with collapsed undercarriage, with its injured pilot awaiting evacuation.
Production Details: War Office Directorate of Public Relations (Production sponsor)
SEAC Film Unit (Production company)
Beech, P M (Production individual)
Govan, Harold WilliamBritish Army sergeant-cameraman with South East Asia Command Film Unit (British) and No.9 Army Film & Photographic Unit, formerly Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment), service number 7662913, BEM in London Gazette 37576 published 21 May 1946, pg 2. (Production individual)
Hammond, R G (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: United States Army Air Force, 1st Air Commando Group (regiment/service)
Indian Army, XXXIII Indian Corps (regiment/service)
British Army, 11th East African Division (regiment/service)
Keywords: Yazagyo, Burma (geography)
Chindwin (River), Burma (geography)
Myittha (River), Burma (geography)
Kalewa, Burma (geography)
Air evacuation of casualties, Air operations over Burma, Burma 1942-1945, Second World War (event)
Chindwin Crossing 1944-1945, Burma 1942-1945, Second World War (event)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 767 ft; Running time: 9 mins
Notes: Aerial casualty evacuation was a characteristic feature of the war in Burma. Most of these casualties are African troops of 11th East African Division, which at this point were pushing across the River Chindwin.
Series continuity: no film held under references FUB 12 or 13. Dopesheet for FUB 13 describes Christmas at Teknaf in the Arakan; this is held under JFU 228.