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Summary: Designed to "let the public into the mind" of a fighter pilot, the film (mainly stock shot compilation) purports to show the story of a typical Spitfire action.
Description: Introductory sequences show pilots waiting for a scramble, and a central control room - also the discomfort of a pilot's kit (life-jacket, parachute, face-mask), the smallness and complexity of his cockpit, the problem of cold, altitude etc. The squadron scrambles and climbs (close-ups of instruments) and a somewhat fanciful "action" sequence follows - on landing the pilot of one Spitfire is teased for allowing his plane to be damaged. The closing commentary asks the public to remember this film when reading of fighter actions.
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
British Movietone News (Production company)
Sanger, Gerald (Production individual)
Ramsden, Jack L (Production individual)
Perrin, Raymond (Production individual)
Joubert de la Ferte, Philip Bennet1887-05-211965-01-21 (Production cast)
Personalities, Units and Organisations:
Keywords: aircraft, British - combat: Supermarine Spitfire (object name)
combat [simulated], British air (object name)
command and control, British air: operations room (object name)
equipment, British air - personal: parachute (object name)
equipment, British air - survival: lifejacket (object name)
operations, British air - sortie (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: 1
Footage: 261 ft; Running time: 8 mins
Notes: Remarks: crudely put together - eg. in the "combat" sequence, there is no consistency about the type of German plane involved.