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Title:ACCIDENTAL FLIGHT OVER EVEREST [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ABY 119
Other titles:ROYAL AIR FORCE OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: RAF photo-reconnaissance Mosquito aircraft make an accidental flight over Mount Everest and Makalu in the Himalayan mountain range.
Description: Aircrew board an RAF Mosquito PR Mk XVI. Ground crew remove a tarpaulin and refuel the aircraft. Mosquito 'Y' NS503 taxis away. Mosquito 'A' NS703 takes off. Aircrew boarding. Mosquito 'V' RG125 starts up and taxis. Mosquito 'F' takes off. Low-flying aerial footage. The pilot at the controls. Air-to-air views of a Moquito in flight interspersed with views of mountain peaks breaking through cloud, cloudscapes, and the pilot at the controls. Mosquito landing with a train passing in the background. Mosquito 'Y' landing.
Production Details: Air Ministry, Directorate of Public Relations (Production sponsor)
Royal Air Force Film Production Unit (Production company)
Connochie, T D (Production individual)
Painter (Warrant Officer) (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Air Force, 684 Squadron (regiment/service)
Keywords: Alipore, North East, India (geography)
Mount Everest (geography)
Royal Air Force 1939-1945 (theme)
India 1939-1945 (theme)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 400 ft; Running time: 5 minutes
Notes: Aircraft seen are of RAF 684 Squadron, based at Alipore airfield, Calcutta.
Photographs from RAF flights near Everest can be found under the references below.
Dopesheet stresses that this was an accidental flight, due to heavy clouds forcing a change of course, and that 'RAF planes never fly over Everest without special permission'.