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Title:AIR RESUPPLY OPERATIONS BY RAF 194 SQUADRON TO 23RD BRIGADE AT UKHRUL, MANIPUR, INDIA [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ABY 27
Other titles:ROYAL AIR FORCE OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Men of 23rd Brigade shown reoccupying the village of Ukhrul in Manipur, India and being resupplied with food and other items by parachute supply drops from Douglas Dakotas of RAF 194 Squadron.
Description: Column of troops shown entering Ukhrul in muddy conditions, many of the men wearing ponchos or rain capes. Short pan over village. Airborne footage looking over an RAF Douglas Dakota's port engine cowling towards a mountain ridge and looking down over rugged terrain. Shot of RAF Signals Corps wireless operator/signaller using a radio to contact the supply aircraft. Airborne footage of very low pass over village. Wireless operator passes note to another airman. Air-to-ground view of dropzone. Airman operating an Aldis signalling lamp. Men scanning the skies expectantly. Air-to-ground footage of supplies falling and parachutes inflating before aircraft banks away. Ground-to-air view of supplies descending. Men break cover to run for supplies. Men carrying supply bundles. More air-to-ground footage. Men try to retrieve a parachute from a tree, one man climbs the tree and shakes the branch. Air-to-ground footage showing dropzone with signal smoke. Men gathering up canopies and carrying supplies away. Supply bundles cut open. Men carrying bundles, some smoking and many heavily bearded after a presumably long period in the field. Boxes of K-rations removed from bundle and stacked up. Boxes are piled up and contents distributed. A sack is opened to reveal contents of shaving tackle - razors and brushes - which are distributed. Men shown busily shaving. Column leaves the village, some men seen to be carrying American M1 Carbines. Others carrying Lee Enfield No.3 rifles and Bren light machine guns.
Production Details: Air Ministry, Directorate of Public Relations (Production sponsor)
Royal Air Force Film Production Unit (Production company)
Swain, J (Production individual)
Clot, Dennis Francis Emile1919-07-04 (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, 23rd Brigade (Chindits) (regiment/service)
Royal Air Force, 194 Squadron (regiment/service)
Keywords: Ukhrul, Manipur, India (geography)
Air supply operations, Air operations over Burma, Burma 1942-1945, Second World War (event)
Ukhrul 1944, Burma 1942-1945, Second World War (event)
Aerial Warfare (theme)
Far East 1939-1945 (theme)
India 1939-1945 (theme)
British Army 1939-1945 (theme)
Royal Air Force 1939-1945 (theme)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 713 ft; Running time: 8 minutes
Notes: See also ABY 25 for film about the Naga inhabitants of Ukhrul.
In March 1944 the Japanese launched an invasion of India named Operation U-Go. After a long but ultimately ill-fated siege at Kohima the remnants of 15th and 31st Japanese Divisions fell back towards the River Chindwin via Ukhrul. They were encircled and destroyed in the first week of July 1944, in a battle characterised by an appalling combination of poor weather, near impossible terrain and disease.
Dopesheet preamble refers to events of July 20th
No slates, date from Sergeant Clot's personal log.
JFU 140 (194 SQUADRON DROP SUPPLIES TO 25TH EAST AFRICAN BRIGADE [Allocated Title])
ABY 77 (SUPPLY DROPPING: SPITFIRES ESCORT DAKOTAS [Allocated Title])
JFU 179 (SCENES FOLLOWING THE CAPTURE OF UKHRUL [Allocated Title])