- Title: RAF REGIMENT LANDS AT RANGOON [Allocated Title]
- Film Number: ABY 106
- Other titles: ROYAL AIR FORCE OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
- Summary: Men of an RAF Regiment Light Anti-Aircraft Squadron make an amphibious landing at Rangoon, Burma.
- Description: Group Captain Harold Pleasance, Air Liaison Officer for RAF 224 Group with XV Indian Corps, briefs a semicircle of seated RAF Regiment officers on upcoming operations against Rangoon. Two men hold up a map and Pleasance points out relevant positons. Officers and men of the RAF Regiment, heavily laden with equipment, march to their embarkation points. Their boots raise dust as they march off. Close-ups of some of the men. A pile of kitbags with men in the background. Close-up of the men as they march. Men board a steamer. Men waiting on a jetty. Onboard the ship the Squadron's Commanding Officer, Squadron Leader Swain, briefs his men. Some of the men wear lifebelts. Various shots of men listening to the briefing and a close-up of Squadron Leader Swain. Landing craft and support vessels. A Landing Craft, Infantry (Large) (LCI(L)) comes alongside and men board it from a doorway in the side of the ship's hull. The airmen are assisted by sailors. View from onboard the LCI(L); a man throws kitbags towards the camera. View from the bow of the ship looking back at the men on board. Some wear steel helmets, while others wear berets or bush hats and some are bare-headed suggesting they do not expect an opposed landing. A signaller on the bridge uses semaphore. Men looking over the edge of the landing craft. Other landing craft. Men disembarking; another LCI(L) passes in the background. Men disembarking down a ladder and wading ashore from LCI(L) 166 with LCI(L) 115 behind. An RAF Flight Sergeant helps men ashore. A chain of men passes kitbags from one to the next. Series of shots of an RAF Douglas Dakota transport aircraft dropping supplies by parachute, some of which land not far from the camera. Bundles hitting the ground. A Dakota flies low overhead and the camera pans left to follow it. Another bundle lands.
- Access Conditions: IWM Attribution: © IWM
- Featured Period: 1939-1945
- Production Date: 1945-05
- 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)
- Personalities, Units and Organisations: Pleasance, Harold Percival 'Flash' (person) Royal Air Force, 224 Group (regiment/service) Royal Air Force, Royal Air Force Regiment (regiment/service)
- Keywords: Rangoon, Burma (geography) Liberation of Rangoon 1945, Burma 1942-1945, Second World War (event) Air supply 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)
- Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W Sound format: Silent
- Technical Details: Format: 35mm Number of items/reels/tapes: 1 Footage: 507 ft; Running time: 6 minutes
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- Notes: No slates. Date on dopesheet 10 April 1945, but this likely to be inaccurate, as operations against Rangoon did not commence until 2 May 1945. These landings, and scenes of the RAF Regiment in Rangoon, were covered by RAF still photographers. See related items.
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Related IWM Collections Objects:
JFU 202 (AMPHIBIOUS LANDING AT RANGOON BY 26TH INDIAN DIVISION [Allocated Title]) JFU 203 (AMPHIBIOUS LANDING AT RANGOON BY 26TH INDIAN DIVISION [Allocated Title]) JFU 204 (AMPHIBIOUS LANDING AT RANGOON BY 26TH INDIAN DIVISION [Allocated Title]) JFU 205 (AMPHIBIOUS LANDING AT RANGOON BY 26TH INDIAN DIVISION [Allocated Title]) JFU 224 (SEABORNE LANDING AT RANGOON BY 36TH INDIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE [Allocated Title]) JIN 50 (AMPHIBIOUS LANDING AT RANGOON - MUDDY LANDING GROUNDS [Allocated Title]) JIN 55 (AMPHIBIOUS LANDING AT RANGOON - TROOPS GREETED BY CIVILIANS AT RANGOON DOCKS [Allocated Title]) JIN 51 (AMPHIBIOUS LANDING AT RANGOON - CHRISTISON AND CHAMBERS ADDRESS THE TROOPS [Allocated Title]) CI 1324 (ROYAL AIR FORCE OPERATIONS IN THE FAR EAST, 1941-1945.) CI 1368 (THE WAR IN THE FAR EAST: THE BURMA CAMPAIGN 1941-1945) CI 1370 () JIN 52 (OPERATION DRACULA: BRITISH TROOPS GO ASHORE NEAR RANGOON [Allocated Title])