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Title:JAPANESE INTERNEES AT WORK AT KAI TAK AIRSTRIP [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ABY 172
Other titles:ROYAL AIR FORCE OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Japanese internees arrive at Kai Tak airstrip, Kowloon, Hong Kong, for a day of labour under RAF supervision.
Description: Two lorry loads of Japanese prisoners arrive at Kai Tak airstrip. The prisoners dismount and fall in on parade. They march away under armed guard; they march with quite a high step. The prisoners get ready for work by removing their hats and shirts. One of the prisoners appears to make eye contact with a rather jumpy RAF guard who jabs aggressively at him with his Sten gun. The prisoners are put to work carrying heavy lumps of broken masonry and timber beams. Some are visibly straining with exertion. They are hastened along by their guards. Chinese civilians at work cutting the grass of the aerodrome amongst wrecked Japanese aircraft; they wear distinctively Asian conical straw hats. Two young Chinese wear hats 'like standard lamps' (Air Ministry shotsheet). Two wrecked Japanese aircraft, one of them an Aichi E13A 'Jake' seaplane. An RAF sergeant stands by a window as female Chinese civilians present themselves. They are handed something by another airman sitting on the other side of the window, presumably their pay.
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 194 ft; Running time: 3 mins
Notes: For film of the internment of Japanese troops in Kowloon, see ABY 145.
For film of operations from this airstrip, see related items.
The internment of Japanese troops was extensively covered by British Army photographers. See related items.