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Title:FIRST AIR AMBULANCE TO FRANCE [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ACB 16
Description: A Dakota is just visible against a night sky; the aircraft (Normandy Clipper) starts to move, this time at dawn, equipment is loaded into the hold, the pilot and a WAAF nursing orderly stand in the doorway. Night flying sequence of Dakota (with lights) making for Normandy. As equipment is unloaded, an American truck waits nearby, and an interested crowd of onlookers forms; cows graze in a field near the landing point. Three WAAF orderlies meet the ground crew on the airstrip, a WAAF orderly stands near two casualties - with an ambulance truck in the background; the airfield ground crew walks towards the camera (Liberator in the background). A French horse-drawn harvester reaps corn, and an RAF sentry talks to a Norman farmer and his son; Lieutenant General Browning talks to a colleague, near the open hatch; a stretcher is carried from the hospital truck to the Dakota; a padre stands in the doorway; a nursing orderly checks the patients' labels, air shot of invasion barges and escort ships nearing the beaches, a stretcher is moved from the Dakota to the ambulance. The ambulance leaves.
Production Details: Royal Air Force (Production company)
Baker, L A C (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Alford (Corporal) (person)
Browning, Frederick Arthur Montague (person)
Crawford Scott (Squadron Leader Reverend) (person)
Royal Air Force (regiment/service)
Royal Air Force, Women's Auxiliary Air Force (regiment/service)
Keywords: aircraft, United States - transport: Douglas C-47 Dakota & [British] (object name)
medical, British air - movement: air (object name)
operations, British air - routine (object name)
religion, Christianity - military, British: chaplain (object name)
society, French - friendship (object name)
transport, British air - ambulance: ambulance plane (object name)
transport, French civilian - agricultural: harvester & [horse-drawn] (object name)
GB, England (geography)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 590 ft; Running time: 6 mins
Notes: Summary: according to dopesheet, the WAAF orderly (Corporal Alford) and the padre (Squadron Leader Rev Crawford Scott) are respectively the first woman and first chaplain in Normandy.
Technical: print is part of a can comprising ACB 15 and 16 (total length 924 ft). Fine grain equivalent total length 908 ft. ACB 16 (SP) is 574 ft (less stretcher, Liberator, invasion barge footage).