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Title:RAF OPERATIONS IN SUPPORT OF THE DIEPPE RAID [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ARY 17-13
Summary: Bostons and Spitfires prepare to support the Dieppe Raid.
Description: The first part of the reel shows Bostons being prepared for flight, starting up and taxiing. Ground crew are shown performing duties such as trolleyacc operation. Air to ground shots of the countryside and a landing as viewed from the lower ventral hatch and upper gun position has also been recorded. Free French pilots of 340 Squadron gather around the Duty Pilot hut at dispersal at Westhampnett. In the foreground is a Spitfire named 'Le Tomana'. Free French Navy ground crew are filmed attending to the aircraft, polishing windscreens, testing wireless sets, etc. One aircraft has a Donald Duck motif painted on the engine cowling as a personal marking. Another aircraft being refuelled is named 'General de Gaulle'. Armourers service the guns of a Hurricane of 174 Squadron, pulling through the guns and loading the magazines. Various wild shots are taken of a bomb train moving off (seen from low, ground angle) a Boston of 23 Squadron and Hurribombers. After seeing a close up of a Spitfire spinner and propeller starting up, the final shots are of the French pilot of Spitfire 'General de Gaulle' climbing into the cockpit and giving a 'thumbs up' signal and Boston crews of 88 Squadron being briefed in the open.
Production Details: Royal Air Force (Production sponsor)
RAF Film Production Unit (Production company)
Clayton, Jack (Production individual)
Kelly (Pilot Officer) (Production individual)
Waxman, Harry1912-04-031984-12-24 (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: French Air Force, GC 4/2 Ile de France (regiment/service)
Royal Air Force, Sqdn 88 (regiment/service)
Royal Air Force, Sqdn 23 (regiment/service)
Royal Air Force, Sqdn 340 (regiment/service)
Royal Air Force, Sqdn 174 (regiment/service)
Keywords: aircraft, United States - combat: Douglas Boston & [British] (object name)
aircraft, British - combat: Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb (object name)
aircraft, British - combat: Hawker Hurricane Mk II (object name)
operations, British - routine: aircraft servicing (object name)
weapons, British air - bomb: 25 pound (object name)
GB, England & Westhampnett (geography)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 1089 ft; Running time: 11 mins
Notes: Summary: Shot sheet and dope sheet held. Note the white stripes on many of the aircraft noses which must be assumed to be extra recognition markings for the raid. The French 340 Squadron were filmed on 5/6 July 1942, the first date for the raid and subsequently postponed to August.