- Title: SO THIS IS INDIA - AIRCRAFTMAN MURRAY GOES FORWARD [Allocated Title]
- Film Number: ABY 91
- Other titles: ROYAL AIR FORCE OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
- Summary: A further instalment of 'So This Is India' in which Aircraftman 'Paddy' Murray goes by air to a forward airstrip.
- Description: A lorry reverses towards a waiting RAF Douglas Dakota transport aircraft (serial FD-788 'A'). Aircraftman (AC) 'Paddy' Murray gets out carrying his kit in two large bundles. The pilot, Pilot Officer Andrews, checks his papers as he boards the aircraft. The doors are closed. Repeat of Murray showing his papers, seen from inside the aircraft. Murray hands his bags to a man onboard the aircraft. Dakota taxiing. Dakota airborne. Shadow of the aircraft running over the ground. Murray and soldiers stepping down from the aircraft. An airman fixes a small ladder to the edge of the door so the men can step down. Close-ups of the men leaving the aircraft. Murray salutes an officer, who has his right arm in a sling, and shows him his papers. Murray walks away from camera, past a local Burmese woman rolling an oil drum. In a wooded area, a sign points to the Guard Room. Footage from a cookhouse under canvas with a meal being dished up. Close-up of a dish of anti-malarial Mepacrine tablets. Men sit on the ground outside to eat. AC Murray and Sergeant Goozee (an RAF cameraman with No.3 RAF Film Production Unit) go down to a river to bathe. Goozee, with very British modesty, wraps a towel around himself before removing his trousers. Murray and Goozee bathing. A Chevrolet CMP lorry pulls out on to a road and passes a sign reading 'Mandalay'. Close-up of the driver's cab. Close-up of the sign reading 'Mandalay' with two local Burmese children squatting on the ground next to it. A group of men leave a Buddhist pagoda and wander around. Two officers meet; one shows the other a file. Close-up of the officers (one of them Group Captain Goddard) who are obviously amused by the contents of the file. A sentry stands guard outside a pagoda housing Wing HQ (possibly RAF 906 Wing at Sadaung).
- Access Conditions: IWM Attribution: © IWM
- Featured Period: 1939-1945
- Production Date: 1945-02-27
- Production Country: GB
- Production Details: Air Ministry, Directorate of Public Relations (Production sponsor) Royal Air Force Film Production Unit (Production company) Lang, T W (Production individual) Goozee, S (Production individual)
- Personalities, Units and Organisations: Goddard, Henry (person) Royal Air Force, 906 Wing (regiment/service)
- Keywords: Sadaung, Burma (geography) Burma 1942-1945, Second World War (event) Royal Air Force 1939-1945 (theme) Far East 1939-1945 (theme) India 1939-1945 (theme) Burma 1942-1945 (theme)
- Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W Sound format: Silent
- Technical Details: Format: 35mm Number of items/reels/tapes: 1 Footage: 518 ft; Running time: 6 minutes
- Notes: This film part of a series of instalments for a multi-part film entitled 'So This Is India'. See related items below.
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Related IWM Collections Objects:
ABY 73 (SO THIS IS INDIA [Allocated Title]) ABY 74 (SO THIS IS INDIA - ADDITIONAL FOOTAGE [Allocated Title]) ABY 79 (SO THIS IS INDIA: ROMAN CATHOLIC SERVICE IN PAGODA AT SADAUNG, BURMA [Allocated Title]) ABY 90 (SO THIS IS INDIA - AN RAF THUNDERBOLT SQUADRON MOVES FROM BENGAL TO IMPHAL VALLEY, INDIA [Allocated Title]) ABY 92 (SO THIS IS INDIA - AIRCRAFTMAN FLOWER ARRIVES AT RAF REDHILLS LAKE, MADRAS, INDIA [Allocated Title]) ABY 105 (SO THIS IS INDIA - AIRMEN ON LEAVE IN DARJEELING [Allocated Title]) ABY 109 (SO THIS IS INDIA - TRAIN SEQUENCE [Allocated Title]) APY 37 (LIFE IN AIR COMMAND SOUTH EAST ASIA [Main Title])