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Title:RAF ATHLETIC MEETING AT CHARBATIA, NORTH OF CUTTACK, ORISSA, INDIA [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ABY 56
Other titles:ROYAL AIR FORCE OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Indians and Britons compete at an inter-Service athletics meeting, hosted by the RAF at Charbatia, north of Cuttack, Orissa, India.
Description: VIP's watching the competition. A race. Men on the starting line for a relay race which an Indian man wins. Spectators watching, including a senior RAF officer and Sir Hawthorn Lewis (Governor of Orissa) and Lady Lewis. Pilot Officer Sid Cozens, a famous British racing cyclist, keeps score. The long jump competition - one competitor named as Signalman Davies. A race starting. Shot putting. Adjudicators measure the distance. Several more shot putters seen, including close-up of Leading Aircraftman Collier of No. 12 Mobile Signals Unit. An Indian man crosses the finish line first in a race. Several attempts at the high jump before a competitor succesfully scissor-kicks over the bar. Adjudicators raising the bar. Distant shot of high jump with spectators in foreground. Crowd watching a race. Sergeant Gornal [sic] of Liverpool smokes a pipe while watching the events. Hearty cheering led by Leading Aircraftman Collier. Two men in sunglasses, named on dopesheet as Sergeants Doherty and Robinson of Canada and Barrow-in-Furness respectively. Two runners. An Indian man, Guncha Gul, wins the mile. Close-up on Leading Aircraftman Humphries of Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, showing him 'out of breath but enjoying things'.
Production Details: Air Ministry, Directorate of Public Relations (Production sponsor)
Royal Air Force Film Production Unit (Production company)
Lang, T W (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Air Force (regiment/service)
Indian Army, 10th Baluch Regiment (regiment/service)
Royal Air Force, 200 Squadron (regiment/service)
Keywords: Charbatia, Orissa, India (geography)
Welfare and recreational activities and services, Burma 1942-1945, Second World War (event)
Royal Air Force 1939-1945 (theme)
Far East 1939-1945 (theme)
India 1939-1945 (theme)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 282 ft; Running time: 4 minutes
Notes: Dopesheet notes that representatives of the following units took part: the Baluch Regiment; No. 62 Fighter Control Section; Indian Air Force; 12 Mobile Signals Unit; Air Formation Signals; Signals; Motor Transport; RAF 200 Squadron.
Date from slates. Dopesheet dated 16/1/1945 and written after the event.