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Title:RAF LIBERATOR HEAVY BOMBERS ATTACK JAPANESE FACILITIES AT MOULMEIN [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ABY 39
Other titles:ROYAL AIR FORCE OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Air-to-ground footage of RAF Consolidated Liberator heavy bombers attacking installations and facilities at Moulmein (Mawlamyaing), Burma.
Description: Air-to-ground footage. Shadows of aircraft visible on ground. Eight explosions across target, possibly a railway bridge with shockwaves visible. Smoke rising from another target. Bursts of smoke from flak visible. A single bomb bursts on a road. Three sticks of bombs burst on a port installation at Moulmein. Bombs visible as they fall away from aircraft.
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: Royal Air Force (regiment/service)
Air Command South East Asia, Eastern Air Command, Strategic Air Force (regiment/service)
Keywords: Moulmein, Burma (geography)
Bomber operations, Air operations over Burma, Burma 1942-1945, Second World War (event)
Aerial Warfare (theme)
Royal Air Force 1939-1945 (theme)
Burma 1942-1945 (theme)
Far East 1939-1945 (theme)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 318 ft; Running time: 4 minutes
Notes: See also ABY 29 for air-to-air and other footage. This footage runs backwards and upside down, as in original negative.
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.