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Title:AIRFIELD CONSTRUCTION AT COMILLA AND DUM DUM, INDIA, ON THE BURMA FRONT [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ABY 20
Other titles:ROYAL AIR FORCE OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Documentary scenes showing the process of airfield construction in forward areas.
Description: Various stages in the construction of an airfield, starting with a landscape shot with aircraft parked in the background and local labourers with engineering plant in the midground. Two RAF officers operating a theodolite. Bulldozer clearing loose earth and locals using tools to clear turf as a twin-engined Avro Anson takes off very close by. Coolies unload stones from a lorry. Other workers busy breaking bricks, and a riddle is used to sort these. Baskets of stones are laid down and tar poured over them. A number of labourers pull a roller. Shot of a bullock cart, while in the background an Anson taxis past a Buddhist temple. A cement mixer, tar engine and steamroller. Bricks are laid in an alternating diagonal 'herringbone' pattern. One labourer mixing cement with his feet. Cement poured over brickwork and tamped flat. RAF Douglas Dakota aircraft taxiing before departing the airfield.
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 530 ft; Running time: 6 minutes
Notes: For other film showing the use of bitumenised hessian sheeting ('bithess') to lay airfields more quickly, see related items. The importance of landing strips to the Burma campaign made the rapid construction of airstrips an important task.
Anson aircraft is EG-676.
Comilla now in Bangladesh, Dum Dum in India.
No slates, date from dopesheet.