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Title:RELEASE OF ALLIED PRISONERS OF WAR IN THE FAR EAST [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ABY 167
Other titles:ROYAL AIR FORCE OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Allied prisoners of war (POWs) and civilian internees are liberated from Japanese captivity and evacuated by RAF aircraft to Kallang Airport, Singapore.
Description: A group of POWs in the grounds of a house pose for the camera. Interior of a bamboo barrack hut. A thatched hut with a tall bamboo stockade. Interior of the hut. Panning view across a parade ground with several huts. Kallang Airport, Singapore; released POWs and civilian internees (including a young boy) stand by a parked RAF Douglas Dakota transport aircraft. More released POWs are helped down from the aircraft. Eight amputees, each missing a leg, make their way on crutches towards the Kallang terminal building. Medical personnel of the Indian Army Medical Corps unload stretcher cases from a Dakota and put them into the back of waiting ambulances. Two ambulances drive away; the second vehicle is named 'Daphne'.
Production Details: Air Ministry, Directorate of Public Relations (Production sponsor)
Royal Air Force Film Production Unit (Production company)
Elsee (Pilot Officer) (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Indian Army, Indian Army Medical Corps (regiment/service)
Royal Air Force (regiment/service)
Keywords: Kallang, Singapore (geography)
Prisoners of War, Far East 1939-1945 (theme)
Recovery of Allied Prisoners of War and Internees 1945, Allied Prisoners of War Far East 1939-1945, Internment (event)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 282 ft; Running time: 4 minutes
Notes: No slates, date from dopesheet.
Location at the start of the reel is ambiguous (possibly Siam) and the interior footage of barrack huts is unusable; in the case of the first there appears to have been a camera malfunction as the film is smeared and off-frame, in the second the footage is too dimly lit to be useful.
The Dakota seen appears to be wearing the squadron code FD:N, but this does not seem to relate to any particular squadron.