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Title:CANADIANS DROP RICE TO ISOLATED BURMESE [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ABY 124
Other titles:ROYAL AIR FORCE OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Canadian airmen of RCAF 435 Squadon deliver rice to Burmese civilians via the Civil Affairs Service (CAS).
Description: A Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Douglas Dakota transport aircraft in flight; the aircraft is named 'My Best Bet'. Aerial view of airfield at Imphal Valley. Sacks of rice loaded into a lorry from a Dakota. Aircrew standing under the wing of their aircraft and talking with a bearded local man. A truck tips sand onto the airfield and it is levelled by a scraper and then a roller. Bullocks draw covered wagons through a local village. Rice is distributed to villagers. A sign reads 'The Relief Office - CAS Hsipaw'. Local Burmese civilians queue for rice. Two villagers collect spilt rice. Civilians walk away carrying their rice on their backs in large baskets. A local official at a window. A woman picks through a basket of rice while something steams on a small stove next to her. Chevrolet CMP lorries marked 'CAS' drive along a road. A jeep with locals gathered around. A railway locomotive puffs across shot. Local people at a window marked 'Ration Cards Registration Centre'. A man carries a sack of rice. Three aircrew officers leave a tent marked '435 Squadron Instrument and Radio Section'. The same three leave a tent marked 'Parachute Section' carrying their parachutes. Three other airmen climb a slope before looking out over a broad plain with paddy fields. Aerial footage of cloudscape.
Production Details: Air Ministry, Directorate of Public Relations (Production sponsor)
Royal Air Force Film Production Unit (Production company)
Leathead (Flying Officer) (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Canadian Air Force, 435 Squadron (regiment/service)
Civil Affairs Service, Burma (regiment/service)
Keywords: Imphal, Manipur, India (geography)
Hsipaw, Burma (geography)
Air supply operations, Air operations over Burma, Burma 1942-1945, Second World War (event)
Royal Air Force 1939-1945 (theme)
Burma 1942-1945 (theme)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 664 ft; Running time: 8 minutes
Notes: Hsipaw a town in Shan State, Burma, also known as Thibaw, and situated 40 miles south west of Lashio.
Road convoy seen apparently driving on the famous 'Burma Road' to China, which was at first closed by the Japanese advance.
Other locations mentioned on dopesheet include the Chin Hills, Myitkyina, Bhamo, Lashio and Kutkai.
This appears to be the other half of a film story started as ABY 122. An assembled story using the footage of these two films can be found under ABY 134. See related items.
No dates on slates. Date from dopesheet.
WPN 234 (WORLD PICTORIAL NEWS NO 234 [Main Title])
ABY 134 (CANADIANS DELIVER RICE TO ISOLATED BURMESE [Allocated Title])
ABY 122 (WITH THE ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE IN BURMA [Allocated Title])
JFU 176 (CIVIL AFFAIRS SERVICE ACTIVITIES IN MANDALAY [Allocated Title])
JFU 275 (THE WORK OF THE CIVIL AFFAIRS SERVICE (BURMA) AT MEIKTILA, SHWEBO AND MAYMYO [Allocated Title])
JFU 553 (OPERATION HUNGER: AIR SUPPLY OF RICE TO NORTHERN BURMA [Allocated Title])