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Title:CRASHING SPITFIRE AND BARRAGE; SUPPLIES, STORES AND AMMO ARRIVE AT TRIPOLI BY SEA [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AYY 331/17
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: A Spitfire shot down in aerial combat at Tamet, near Sirte. Three days after its capture by the Eighth Army, the first convoy of supply ships reaches Tripoli. The harbour is unusable due to damage by the enemy and the RAF so stores are landed by lighters.
Description: 15 January. The Spitfire flies for several minutes after the pilot bales out. The plane hits the ground and explodes.
26 January. Royal Navy lighters at the jetty with the waiting supply lorries of the Palestinian Royal Army Service Corps. Stores are carried ashore from the lighters by men of the 51st Highland Division. The stores are unloaded from the lighters and carried ashore. Men of the Highland Division push the cases of ammunition along the rollers to the lorries. Supplies coming up the gangway from the lighters. The jetty and the lighters. Ammunition being loaded into the lorries.
Production Details: War Office Film Unit (Production company)
Morris, R H (Production individual)
Barnes, P A (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Eighth Army (regiment/service)
British Army, 51st Division (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Army Service Corps (regiment/service)
Royal Air Force (regiment/service)
Keywords: Sirte, Libya (geography)
Tripoli, Libya (geography)
Western Desert 1940-1943, North Africa, Second World War (event)
North Africa 1939-1945 (theme)