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Title:HAWKER HURRICANE OPERATIONS BY RAF 42 SQUADRON AT ONBAUK [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ABY 98
Other titles:ROYAL AIR FORCE OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: RAF 42 Squadron are briefed before a sortie from Onbauk forward airstrip, near Shwebo, Burma.
Description: Taxiing RAF Hawker Hurricane fighter-bombers kick up clouds of dust at Onbauk forward airstrip. Hurricane AW:H of RAF 42 Squadron taxiing as seen through the branches of a fallen tree. Two more Hurricanes taxiing. Hurricane 'Y' coming in to land. Hurricane Mk IV AW:G (serial KW921) taxiing with AW:K in the background. AW:G taxis away from camera. Six Hurricanes overhead; panning left to frame the shot with a Hurricane's engine cowling. Pilots are briefed by an Air Liaison Officer (ALO) before a sortie. Close-up on the ALO. Close-ups on the pilots listening to the briefing and looking at their maps. Some of the pilots are smoking. Second close-up on ALO. He points out the target area on a map. A Hurricane, possibly AW:Q, taxis past camera. Eight Hurricanes in flight.
Production Details: Air Ministry, Directorate of Public Relations (Production sponsor)
Royal Air Force Film Production Unit (Production company)
Goozee, S (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Air Force, 42 Squadron (regiment/service)
Keywords: Onbauk, Burma (geography)
Fighter operations, Air operations over Burma, Burma 1942-1945, Second World War (event)
Royal Air Force 1939-1945 (theme)
Far East 1939-1945 (theme)
Burma 1942-1945 (theme)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 193 ft; Running time: 3 mins
Notes: RAF 42 Squadron's activities are unusually well covered. See film and photo references below.
No slates. Dopesheet gives date as 23/3/1945, but this is likely to be somewhat inaccurate. This squadron was based at Onbauk January-March 1945; shooting date based on adjacent films in the series likely to be late January-February 1945.
Onbauk misspelled 'Ondauk' on dopesheet. Possible confusion with 'Ondaw', the squadron's next forward base from March 1945.
ABY 51 (GROUND ATTACK, AIR SUPPLY AND LEAFLET OPERATIONS BY HAWKER HURRICANES OF RAF 42 SQUADRON OVER BURMA [Allocated Title])
ABY 64 (ADVANCED AIRSTRIPS NEAR MANDALAY [Allocated Title])
ABY 66 (LORD LOUIS MOUNTBATTEN VISITS AN AIRSTRIP NEAR MANDALAY, BURMA [Allocated Title])
CF 263 (ROYAL AIR FORCE OPERATIONS IN THE FAR EAST, 1941-1945.)