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Title:SUNKEN SHIPS AT BIZERTE HARBOUR; PRISONERS BEING TAKEN FROM BIZERTE; THE LA FAYETTE SQUADRON [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AYY 467/1
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: The results of German bombing in Bizerte harbour. Prisoners captured at Cape Bon boarding vessels for Algerian ports. A French fighter squadron at Bizerte aerodrome.
Description: 29 May. The wrecks of sunk vessels blocking the entrance to Bizerte harbour. German prisoners streaming down the road to Bizerte docks. A group of prisoners boarding an American destroyer. View from the destroyer of prisoners mounting the gangway. Close up of prisoners boarding the destroyer. Panning shot of the docks swarming with prisoners.
30 May. A jeep drives across the grass and stops near the camera. On the windscreen is written La Fayette Squadron Commandant. An officer enters his tent. Seated at a table, he picks up the telephone. Two pilots emerge from another tent, putting on their flying overalls. Close ups of the pilots struggling into their flying kits. They run to a jeep. The squadron leader climbs into an American P40 fighter. The mechanic straps him up. Close up of an Indian head painted on the fuselage, the insignia of the squadron. Planes taxiing to the runway. Three planes, flying wing tip to wing tip, dive down on the camera and fly low at top speed across the flying field. A stationary propeller. The engine kicks over and the propeller revolves. A plane moves down the runway. General view of Bizerte docks, showing small naval and merchant vessels in the harbour.