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Title:RAF EVACUATE ALLIED PRISONERS OF WAR FROM THAILAND [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ABY 140
Other titles:ROYAL AIR FORCE OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: RAF Douglas Dakota transport aircraft fly liberated Allied prisoners of war (POWs) to Rangoon, Burma, from Don Muang airfield near Bangkok, capital of Japanese-occupied Siam (Thailand).
Description: A line of Dakotas parked at Don Muang. Aircrews and POWs awaiting transport. Groups of POWs pass camera. A group of sullen-looking Japanese officers and non-commissioned officers at the airfield. Crew standing under the nose of a Dakota named 'Susie Q'. POWs board a Dakota. The aircraft taxis away along the airfield's perimeter track. View from the aircraft's door as it accelerates down the runway. POWs waiting by the parked aircraft. Aerial views of Don Muang and of cloudscapes en route to Rangoon. POWs disemplaning at Rangoon and boarding ambulances. In a garden outside a brick building a sign reads '7 Casualty Air Evacuation Unit'. British women serve tea. POWs sit at garden tables with white tablecloths and enjoy some doubtless long-missed tea, cigarettes, newspapers and female company. A group of POWs share a Thermos flask of tea. A group of POWs pose for photos.
Production Details: Air Ministry, Directorate of Public Relations (Production sponsor)
Royal Air Force Film Production Unit (Production company)
Connor (Pilot Officer) (Production individual)
Connochie, T D (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Air Force (regiment/service)
Royal Air Force, 194 Squadron (regiment/service)
IMPERIAL JAPANESE ARMY (regiment/service)
Keywords: Bangkok, Thailand (geography)
Rangoon, Burma (geography)
Burma 1942-1945, Second World War (event)
Recovery of Allied Prisoners of War and Internees 1945, Allied Prisoners of War Far East 1939-1945, Internment (event)
Royal Air Force 1939-1945 (theme)
Far East 1939-1945 (theme)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 351 ft; Running time: 4 minutes
Notes: Dopesheet points out that the clothing the POWs are seen wearing had been recently issued to them, so in this regard the film does not reflect their living conditions.
Of the uniforms seen in this film some distinctive articles are apparent, including Scottish tam o'shanter bonnets, Glengarry caps and kilts.
Dopesheet also adds that on the day this film was shot some 1,500 Allied POWs were evacuated.
At one point a Dakota is seen wearing the badge of RAF 194 Squadron; an image of a winged elephant superimposed on a map of India.
For other film relating to evacuation of POWs from Thailand, see related items.