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Title:DEMONSTRATION OF WATERPROOFING TECHNIQUES BY RAF MOTOR TRANSPORT WATERPROOFING UNITS, INDIA [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ABY 31
Other titles:ROYAL AIR FORCE OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Airmen of an RAF motor transport waterproofing unit demonstrate techniques for waterproofing vehicles in preparation for amphibious operations.
Description: Various modifications are made to a jeep to enable it to operate amphibiously, including the fitting of a special intake pipe to the carburettor, the sealing of the battery with a water-resistant mineral jelly, (possibly asbestos) the sealing of the fuel tank and waterproofing the radiator by means of a ground sheet. Several angles of the jeep being driven through a testing tank with four airmen aboard. A waterproofed, 3-ton Chevrolet lorry is then also seen being driven through the tank.
Production Details: Air Ministry, Directorate of Public Relations (Production sponsor)
Royal Air Force Film Production Unit (Production company)
Layzell, R G (Production individual)
Swain, J (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Air Force, Motor Transport Waterproofing Units (regiment/service)
Keywords: India (geography)
Far East 1939-1945 (theme)
Royal Air Force 1939-1945 (theme)
India 1939-1945 (theme)
Amphibious Warfare (theme)
Combined Operations and Landing Craft 1940-1945 (theme)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 284 ft; Running time: 4 minutes
Notes: The dopesheet adds: 'When waterproofing is complete a vehicle can be driven through five feet of water for a distance of 600 yards. This is estimated to enable a vehicle to leave a landing barge some distance from the shore and to proceed to the beach under its own power'.
Date from slate. Dopesheet dated 31/10/1944.