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Summary: An outline of the work of the Women's Air Force, in the framework of a bombing raid on Bremen.
Description: Film opens with a WAAF reading in a newspaper a "congratulations to all concerned" message from Portal. WAAF's are shown at HQ in messenger, telephonist and teleprinter-operator functions - on the base, some work as secretaries and (as the aircrews are briefed) others prepare rations, drive vans. WAAF wireless operators are on duty as the planes "take off" and "approach target" (film of Wellingtons and Blenheims used) - others are shown relaxing, waiting for news. A note of drama is struck when one plane fails to report by radio: all, however, return safely and WAAF's cook and serve a meal (after aircrew's debriefing). Ends with film of a WAAF watching planes overhead while commentary makes a recruiting appeal.
Production Details: Air Ministry (Production sponsor)
Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
GB Screen Services (Production company)
Searle, Francis A (Production individual)
Dane, Eric (Production individual)
Fogwell, Roy (Production individual)
Leevers, Norman (Production individual)
Goodwin, Harold B (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Air Force, Women's Auxiliary Air Force (regiment/service)
Keywords: aircraft, British - combat: Bristol Blenheim (object name)
aircraft, British - combat: Vickers Wellington (object name)
communications, British air - wire: teleprinter (object name)
communications, British air - electronic: wireless (object name)
operations, British air - routine (object name)
propaganda, British - practical: recruitment, Women's Auxiliary Air Force (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: 755 ft; Running time: 8 mins
Notes: Remarks: the banality of the 'non-report' and closing scenes rather spoils an otherwise quite good film.