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Title:SURRENDER, REOCCUPATION AND FLAG RAISING AT PENANG [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ABY 179
Other titles:ROYAL AIR FORCE OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: British troops seen coming ashore at Penang, Malaya (Malaysia), on parade and taking over Glugor seaplane base from the Japanese.
Description: The tote board at Penang Turf Club; a sentry stands guard beneath it. A sentry patrolling through a warehouse with many stacked tin ingots. Close-up on the markings on one of the ingots. A soldier on guard at Penang docks; a gantry crane moves in the background. View of Penang harbour with a Harbour Defence Motor Launch moored in the foreground. Unit of soldiers at ease on the quayside. A group of Japanese officers, each wearing a sword. View from the deck of a ship of soldiers and civilians forming up. A sailor standing at a deck rail looks at the group of Japanese personnel below. Group of Japanese with British troops disembarking down a gangplank in the background, the ship is probably Landing Ship Infantry (Large) HMS Queen Emma. A company of soldiers, probably Royal Marine Commandos, standing at ease. They march past camera. Two berthed warships, the nearest is the Landing Ship Headquarters (Large) HMS Bulolo with Japanese personnel in the foreground; marines march past. A parade square on the quayside; four senior naval and army officers arrive. A Union flag is unfurled; men on parade present arms or salute. A military band plays. View from the harbour of civilian crowds on the quayside. A British sailor with a Japanese prisoner (possibly a sailor) by the wheel of a small vessel. An old-looking truck laden with British sailors. British soldiers talking to a local policeman in an immaculate white uniform. Views from a moving vehicle of crowds of civilians lining the streets of George Town. Local children standing on a parked lorry. Sailors marching with sloped rifles at Glugor seaplane base; camera pans right to show a line of surrendered Japanese airmen standing in front of a hangar. A car arrives and a bearded naval officer gets out and is saluted by a Japanese officer. The naval officer walks along the line of sullen-looking Japanese personnel. Interior of the hangar; British officers inspect the seaplanes, probably Aichi E13As.
Production Details: Air Ministry, Directorate of Public Relations (Production sponsor)
Royal Air Force Film Production Unit (Production company)
Hughes, H R (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Navy, QUEEN EMMA (HMS) (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, BULOLO (HMS), headquarters ship (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Corps of Royal Marines (regiment/service)
Keywords: Penang, Malaya (geography)
Surrender of Japanese Forces 1945, Malaya, Second World War (event)
Liberation of Penang 1945, Malaya, Second World War (event)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 445 ft; Running time: 5 minutes
Notes: The Penang Turf Club was established in 1864, moving to a larger site in Batu Gantong in 1939. Racing was suspended with the Japanese occupation, but resumed almost immediately upon British reoccupation with a Grand Victory Meeting on 29 September 1945.
Glugor seaplane base became RAF Glugor, home to 1123 Marine Craft Unit. Was also used by the Short Sunderland flying boats of RAF 230 Squadron and RAF 240 Squadron.
Other film relating to Penang can be seen in the referenced below. See related items.
The reoccupation of Penang was extensively covered by RAF photographers. See related items.
ABY 178 (THE RAF REGIMENT IN PENANG [Allocated Title])
ABY 163 (JAPANESE SIGN THE SURRENDER OF PENANG ABOARD HMS NELSON [Allocated Title])
JIN 106 (JAPANESE OFFICERS COME ABOARD HMS NELSON FOR PENANG SURRENDER NEGOTIATIONS [Allocated Title])
JIN 107 (ROYAL MARINES TAKE OVER PENANG [Allocated Title])