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Title:AMPHIBIOUS AIRCRAFT OF THE RAF AIR SEA RESCUE SERVICE IN BURMA [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ABY 148
Other titles:ROYAL AIR FORCE OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Scenes of Supermarine Sea Otter amphibious biplanes in flight and the burning wreckage of a Sea Otter shot down over Akyab Island (Sittwe), Burma.
Description: Air-to-air footage of a Supermarine Sea Otter in flight; the aircraft is JM882 and is seen over wooded terrain, fields and the sea. Air-to-ground footage of a wrecked Sea Otter on a beach in flames. Aerial view of JM882 landing on the sea. The camera aircraft lands. JM882 taxiing on the water.
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 301 ft; Running time: 4 minutes
Notes: These aircraft are of E Flight, RAF 292 Squadron.
Despite being dated 28/9/1945, the dopesheet strongly suggests that this footage was shot in January 1945 after amphibious landings on Akyab Island (Sittwe), Burma. Landings commenced on 3/1/1945 and on 9/1/1945 shipping in Akyab harbour was raided by two squadrons of the Japanese Army Air Force. The Japanese aircraft are described as 'Zeros' on the dopesheet but were in fact Ki-84s and Ki-43s. During the course of this attack an RAF 292 Squadron Sea Otter was shot down in flames, though it was later found that only the Sea Otter's upper wing had been set on fire and the pilot, Flight Lieutenant T P Almack, was able to land and taxi ashore. The rear gunner, Warrant Officer W J Horam, was killed, but the rest of the crew escaped unscathed. Four of the five attacking Ki-43s were in turn shot down by Spitfires of RAF 67 Squadron. These details taken from the reference below.
Operations for the occupation of Akyab were extensively covered by other RAF cameramen. See related items.