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Title:RAF FILM PRODUCTION UNIT FOOTAGE FROM GREECE TO CARINTHIA [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AAY 246
Summary: An edited 35mm b/w blow-up version of Kodachrome footage shot by RAF Film Production Unit No 2 from Greece in late 1944 to Southern Austria at the end of the war.
Description: (Reel 1) British forces landing at Salonika; landing craft beaching and vehicles driving off; mine clearing (8/11/1944(?) - AAY 231). RAF Beaufighters and their crews are greeted by Greek women in traditional costume on their arrival in Greece (14/11/1944 - AAY 233). RAF men are taken on a tour of Athens, and meet members of the Greek Palace Guard in traditional uniform (31/10/1944(?) - unedited version not held). The Greek Prime Minister and RAF top brass attend a parade to celebrate the return of the Royal Hellenic Air Force to Athens (17/11/1944 - AAY 234). The Greek Prime Minister attends the Armistice Day parade in Athens (11/11/1944 - AAY 232). The Greek Royal Palace Guard perform a traditional dance in the courtyard of their barracks (19/11/1944 - AAY 235). RAF Spitfires and Beaufighters strafe ELAS targets in Athens (9/12/1944 - AAY 236).
(Reel 2) Groups of soldiers in motley uniforms march through the streets (source not known). Some men are hustled and beaten along a street in Athens (4/1/1945 - AAY 239). Locals take cover in the streets during air attacks; bodies lie on the street (15/12/1944 - AAY 237). Air Commodore Tuttle surveys RAF operations over Athens from an observation post (4/1/1945 - AAY 239). Locals are stopped at a checkpoint in Athens (15/12/1944 - AAY 237). Local victims of the Greek insurrection are unceremoniously buried in shallow graves (19/12/1944 - AAY 238). Vehicles move along a mountain road in the snow; Spitfires stand on a snow covered airfield (source not known). RAF men attend to their ablutions and housekeeping at a camp in Zara, Yugoslavia (6/4/1945 - AAY 243). Spitfires and Airacobras of the Balkan Air Force take off from an airfield at Canne, Italy and attack ground targets (staged using genuine 'OPS' footage) (3/1945 - AAY 240 (mostly)). A USAAF B-24 Liberator overshoots the airstrip on the island of Vis, Yugoslavia and up-ends in a cloud of dust; an Airacobra slews to a halt after landing with nose wheel up (14/3/1945-16/3/1945 - AAY 242). A Miami class air sea rescue launch leaves from the island of Vis, Yugoslavia to rescue a ditched pilot in a dinghy (11/3/1945-14/3/1945 - AAY 241).
(Reel 3) Marauders of the South African Air Force are prepared for a sortie at Jesi, Yugoslavia (9/4/1945 - AAY 244). Balkan Air Force airmen are briefed at Vis, Yugoslavia before leaving in their Spitfires and Airacobras to attack ground targets (again staged using genuine 'OPS' footage) (3/1945 - AAY 242). Surrendered German forces move along the roads in Carinthia and are gathered together in camps; a religious festival takes place (presumably also in the Austrian mountains) (5/1945 - AAY 245 (source not known for some scenes)).
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 3
Footage: 3072 ft; Running time: 34 mins
Notes: Production: see note to AAY 233
Related items: synopsis gives the date of shooting according to the slate boards (although a single roll of Kodachrome may contain material shot over more than one day even if only slated once) and the current film number of the original material where held and identified.
Summary: final scenes of surrendered forces are assumed to be the work of the same production team, although there are no identifying slates.