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Title:RAF AIR SUPPLY OPERATIONS NEAR RANGOON [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ABY 116
Other titles:ROYAL AIR FORCE OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Supplies are packed for parachute drops from RAF transport aircraft, with aerial footage of Rangoon, Burma.
Description: Aerial footage showing passing cloudscape. Air-to-air footage of RAF Douglas Dakota transport aircraft in flight over a river. Close-ups of various tinned and packaged rations (legible labels include 'lemon fizz', 'corned beef', 'boiled sweets', 'cigarettes', 'plum jam' and 'oatmeal'). Dakota pilot at controls. Parachute supply bundles being dropped from low altitude; some of them land in the grounds of a large building with a dome and cupola. A Japanese propaganda poster in Rangoon shows a Japanese mother bird protecting its Burmese chicks from predatory British and American insects. A small building, possibly a monastery, with spires and a large stone face of the Buddha breaking the treeline. A road with bullock carts; the stone Buddha and spires in the background. Dakotas take off. Parachute supply bundles being prepared; parachutes are packed, bundles tied with rope, sacks sewn, tinned rations loaded loose into a sack and a bundle is strapped together. Men on parade being inspected. A march past by Army and Navy personnel, probably part of an Allied victory parade. A bombed-out building. Local people tending fields and building wooden huts. A group of officers gathered for a briefing around a large map board. Aerial footage of supplies being dropped. Marker smoke visible and parachutes scattered on the ground. Dakotas taking off, landing and taxiing in dusty conditions. A tractor towing a cultivator is enveloped in a cloud of dust kicked up by a Dakota's engines. Aerial footage; black smoke rises amongst clouds. Two Dakotas in line astern. Aerial view of Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon. A part-destroyed railway station with several platforms. Rangoon prison seen from the air; the message 'Japs Gone' is clearly visible on the roof of one of the buildings.
Production Details: Air Ministry, Directorate of Public Relations (Production sponsor)
Royal Air Force Film Production Unit (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Air Force, 52 Squadron (regiment/service)
Keywords: Rangoon, Burma (geography)
Liberation of Rangoon 1945, Burma 1942-1945, Second World War (event)
Air supply operations, Air operations over Burma, Burma 1942-1945, Second World War (event)
Royal Air Force 1939-1945 (theme)
Burma 1942-1945 (theme)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 894 ft; Running time: 10 minutes
Notes: No dates on dopesheets and no slates.
Dopesheet titles this piece '52 Squadron Fly Over The Hump, With Medical Supplies' but neither the title nor the contents of the sheet appear to bear much relation to the film. 'The Hump' would suggest the Himalayas but no mountainous terrain is seen.
The Japanese propaganda poster, Shwedagon Pagoda, Rangoon prison and station can be seen in IWM photographs below. See related items.
Besides the footage of Shwedagon and Rangoon prison the other locations in this film are not clear.