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Title:EMERGENCY LANDINGS AND ACTIVITIES AT VIS AERODROME [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AAY 242
Summary: Emergency landings by USAAF and Balkan Air Force aircraft, with shots of ground activity.
Description: (Roll 44 (continued), 14/3/1945) A USAAF Liberator comes in to land on the short airstrip at Vis, Yugoslavia; a second Liberator with one engine stopped touches down, overshoots the runway and up-ends in a cloud of dust; a third Liberator lands successfully; a P-38 Lightning comes in with one engine stopped. (Roll 45, 16/3/1945) Close up shot of flares ready for use outside the control tower; shots of ground crew looking up; a Liberator lands; aircrew lounge about below the control tower; an RAF sergeant speaks into the microphone in the control tower; a Lightning lands. (Roll 46, 16/3/1945) A flare gun is loaded and fired from the control tower; a Liberator lands; an RAF sergeant signals with a red lamp; further shots of the control tower and ground crew; an Airacobra with nose wheel up slews along the runway and comes to a neat stop in front of the camera (in the control tower); closer shots show the pleased pilot; a squadron of BAF Spitfires fly over; a shot from the hills above the harbour with aircraft flying over. (Roll 47, 18/3/1945) Spitfires land; shots of aircrew attending an open air briefing; pilots climb into their Spitfires; Spitfires taxi out; a Liberator lands and overshoots the runway (safely, this time); some very long shots from the hills show the airstrip - a Spitfire takes off.
Technical Details: Format: 16mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 2
Footage: 357 ft; Running time: 10 mins
Notes: Production: see note to AAY 233
Technical: Opening part of this reel was originally shot on same camera roll as last part of preceding film (AAY 241). IWM also holds a 35mm b/w blow-up copy of this material