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Title:VISIT OF THE VICEROY OF INDIA TO RAF SQUADRONS AT AGARTALA AND IMPHAL, INDIA [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ABY 21
Other titles:ROYAL AIR FORCE OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Viscount Wavell, Viceroy of India, visits RAF 117 Squadron and RAF 194 Squadron (Douglas Dakotas) at Agartala, and the Spitfires of RAF 152 Squadron at Imphal, India
Description: Viscount Wavell greeted after disemplaning by a number of senior officers. Inspects RAF airmen before being driven away to inspect a number of other units, including some US Army Air Force personnel.
Production Details: Air Ministry, Directorate of Public Relations (Production sponsor)
Royal Air Force Film Production Unit (Production company)
McKee, J L (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Wavell, Archibald Percival (person)
Royal Air Force, 152 Squadron (regiment/service)
Royal Air Force, 117 Squadron (regiment/service)
Royal Air Force, 194 Squadron (regiment/service)
Keywords: Agartala, Bengal Province, India (geography)
Imphal, Manipur, India (geography)
Air supply operations, Air operations over Burma, Burma 1942-1945, Second World War (event)
Fighter operations, Air operations over Burma, Burma 1942-1945, Second World War (event)
India 1939-1945 (theme)
Royal Air Force 1939-1945 (theme)
United States Air Forces 1939-1945 (theme)
Far East 1939-1945 (theme)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 123 ft; Running time: 2 mins
Notes: No slates, date from dopesheet.
The cameraman of this piece, Warrant Officer John Laing McKee, was killed on 21 January 1945. Flying in a Liberator heavy bomber of RAF 99 Squadron supporting the landings on Ramree Island, McKee's aircraft collided with another Liberator of the same squadron and both disintegrated. All aboard both aircraft were killed. McKee, and the nineteen other aircrew of the two bombers, are buried in the CWGC Maynamati War Cemetery, near Comilla in Bangladesh.