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Title:ACTIVITIES ON MEIKTILA AIRSTRIP [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ABY 154
Other titles:ROYAL AIR FORCE OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: RAF and US Army Air Force (USAAF) operations at and around Meiktila following its capture by British forces.
Description: Bomb damage to buildings and railway rolling stock. A number of stone or plaster figures of the Buddha appear to have survived amongst one pile of rubble. American lorries at Meiktila airstrip. A lorry reverses up to a waiting Douglas Dakota transport aircraft and unloads ammunition boxes containing 25-pounder artillery rounds. A petrol bowser marked '100 Oct[ane]' passes parked Dakotas. A ground crewman passes a refuelling hose to another on the wing of a Dakota. A line-up of Dakotas on the perimeter track. A tent, apparently Flight HQ, with an unidentifiable squadron badge fixed to a nearby tree. Aerial view of the airstrip at Meiktila with gliders scattered about; the gliders are USAAF CG-4 Wacos ('Hadrian' in RAF service). An oil drum is unloaded from a Dakota. Dakota KJ916 is loaded from a lorry. Parked aircraft with gliders coming in to land; some of the parked aircraft are USAAF Curtiss C-46 Commandos. Wounded troops on stretchers are lifted onto a Dakota. Ambulances parked by a Dakota. Dakotas taking off. Waco gliders landing. Soldiers and local people attend to a tangled pile of parachutes. Close-ups of local Burmese people including women and children. A soldier examines an abandoned Japanese artillery piece on an archaic-looking wheeled carriage. An extremely brief shot of a wrecked Japanese light tank, probably a Type-95 Ha-Go. A wrecked Dakota with close-ups of a hole in its fuselage and a wrecked engine. A sign reads 'Meiktila Landing Strip'. Dakota take-off. A large pile of parachutes.
Production Details: Air Ministry, Directorate of Public Relations (Production sponsor)
Royal Air Force Film Production Unit (Production company)
Layzell, R G (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: United States Army Air Forces (regiment/service)
Royal Air Force, 238 Squadron (regiment/service)
Keywords: Meiktila, Burma (geography)
Battle of Meiktila 1945, Burma 1942-1945, Second World War (event)
Air supply operations, Air operations over Burma, Burma 1942-1945, Second World War (event)
Airborne 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: 96 ft; Running time: 2 mins
Notes: British Army films relating to the capture of Meiktila can be found under related items below.
The wrecked Dakota may be KN232 of RAF 238 Squadron. This aircraft, laden with casualties, was hit by shellfire during take-off which knocked out an engine and collapsed an undercarriage leg. This aircraft and the crew can be seen in an IWM photograph referenced below.
JFU 50 (THE ADVANCE TO MEIKTILA [Allocated Title])
JFU 51 (BREN GUN CARRIERS ON THE ROAD TO MEIKTILA [Allocated Title])
JFU 52 (THE APPROACH TO MEIKTILA [Allocated Title])
ABY 156 (THUNDERBOLTS AT MEIKTILA [Allocated Title])