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Summary: The story of a raid on a German convoy is used to exemplify the offensive action by RAF Coastal Command against enemy shipping.
Description: The Norwegian crew of a Mosquito are briefed for a reconnaissance mission. Over captured film of German convoys, an animated map and aerial film of sunken ships, the commentary explains the importance to Germany of the sea links with Norway, and the increasingly effective RAF attacks on those links; "in the last winter of the war" German convoys dare only risk travelling by night, and the Mosquito's mission is to locate the daylight refuge of a convoy in a Norwegian fjord. Immediately on receipt of its report, the crews of the strike force (their Mosquito and Beaufighter aircraft already prepared) are briefed and take off. The attack is pressed home (against heavy flak) with rockets, cannon-fire etc. The closing sequence, of film of ships sunk by such actions, accompanies commentary tribute to the RAF's achievement, symbolised by the passive surrender of the German Norway garrison in May 1945.
Production Country: GB
Production Details: Royal Air Force Film Production Unit (Production company)
Lucas, Leighton (Production cast)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Air Force, Norwegian personnel (regiment/service)
German Navy (regiment/service)
Keywords: aircraft, British - combat: Bristol Beaufighter (object name)
aircraft, British - combat: De Havilland Mosquito (object name)
combat, Allied - air strike anti-ship (object name)
intelligence, military, British - reconnaissance (object name)
operations, German naval - escort: convoy (object name)
propaganda, British - inspirational (object name)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: English
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 2
Footage: 1338 ft; Running time: 15 mins
Notes: Summary: the RAF locations were shot at RAF Banff (information provided by Grampian Television).
Credits: music credit from John Huntley, 'British Film Music' (1947).