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Title:AIR SEA RESCUE EXERCISE IN ADRIATIC [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AAY 241
Summary: Unedited rushes shot off Yugoslav island of Vis demonstrate Royal Air Force 253 Air Sea Rescue Unit launch in action.
Description: I. Miami Class ASR launch 2537 leaves small port on island of Vis and speeds across Adriatic. Race to presumed rescue area is filmed from onboard 2537 and another launch travelling at high speed. 11 March 1945, roll 41.
II. Pilot in dinghy after presumed ditching waits to be rescued. ASR launch approaches dinghy sitting in dye-marked sea (for aerial detection) and pilot and dinghy are pulled aboard. "Rescued" pilot is given restorative drink and shakes hands with crew before stepping ashore and departing in a Dodge truck. Launch ties up with rope attached to bollard. Steering wheel turned at different speeds. 12 March 1945, roll 42.
III. Miami Class ASR launch 2537 moored beside 2543 leaves small port on island of Vis and speeds across Adriatic. RAF commander in khaki uniform (to prevent Yugoslavs mistaking British servicemen for German) scans sea with binoculars. Scrambling net is lowered overboard. 13 March 1945, roll 43.
IV. ASR launch 2537 leaves quayside at Vis and heads out to sea. It is seen (in long shot) returning. 14 March 1944, roll 44.
Production Date:1945-03-11 1945-03-12 1945-03-13 1945-03-14
Production Country: GB
Production Details: RAF Film Production Unit No 2 (Production company)
Coop, Eric W (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Air Force (regiment/service)
Keywords: operations, British air - rescue: air-sea (object name)
ships, British auxiliary - assistance: Air-Sea Rescue Launch 2537 (object name)
ships, British auxiliary - assistance: Air-Sea Rescue Launch 2543 (object name)
training, British air - survival (object name)
Adriatic Sea (geography)
Yugoslavia & Vis, Croatia (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: Colour
Sound format: Silent
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: English
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 16mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 362 ft; Running time: 10 mins
Notes: Credits: Eric W Coop is a Flight Lieutenant.
Production: see note to AAY 233.
Technical: colour process noted as Kodachrome.
Technical: poor picture quality on final roll; IWM also holds a 35mm blow-up copy of this material.