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Title:AERIAL SURVEY OF MAYMYO, BURMA [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ABY 83
Other titles:ROYAL AIR FORCE OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: A low-altitude aerial survey of bomb damage in and around Maymyo (now Pyin U Lwin), Burma.
Description: Low altitude (c.100-ft) air-to-ground footage of Maymyo, showing buildings with varying degrees of bomb damage. Some buildings are roofless, others totally destroyed. Bomb damage to nearby railway tracks (probably the Lashio-Mandalay line).
Production Details: Air Ministry, Directorate of Public Relations (Production sponsor)
Royal Air Force Film Production Unit (Production company)
Woodcock, Sidney Leslie1945-05-02Flight Lieutenant Sidney Leslie Woodcock, service number 175562, cameraman with No.3 Royal Air Force Film Production Unit. Killed in action 2 May 1945 while filming from a Mosquito of 110 Squadron RAF over Rangoon, Burma. Buried in Rangoon War Cemetery alongside his pilot, Flight Lieutenant John George Buchanan (415744) see [http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2261432 accessed 24 February 2011] (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Air Force (regiment/service)
Keywords: Maymyo, Burma (geography)
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: 61 ft; Running time: 1 min
Notes: No slates, date on dopesheet noted as approximate.
Dopesheet adds: 'These shots taken shortly after the town had been occupied and show how the railway was bombed by RAF and USAAF planes. The troops were moving in and the townsfolk waved greetings'.
The cameraman of this piece, Flight Lieutenant Sidney Woodcock, was killed in action. He and his pilot, Flight Lieutenant J G Buchanan of RAF 110 Squadron, failed to return after a Mosquito sortie over Rangoon on 2 May 1945. They are buried in adjacent plots in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Rangoon War Cemetery.