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Title:FRONT LINE AIRFIELD - UNDER ENEMY FIRE [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ACB 63
Description: Airfield in foreground, explosion in the distance; with smoke rising in the background, ground crews walk calmly past; mechanics work under the wing of a Typhoon - when a shell explodes nearby, they throw themselves to the ground (reconstruction); shelling becomes more intense - film of a wrecked Dakota; various shots of airmen running for cover; in a nearby wood, there is a row of tents - film of airmen grabbing tin hats and jumping into a slit trench (various takes); close-ups of heads ducking; a man shaves, near a washing line, hears the explosion and runs, a roller flattens airfield surface - a US truck tows a roller, and we see the sweeping up process, following the surface-levelling (various angles); various shots of airmen hearing explosion and running for cover; a shell bursts, with a Typhoon taxiing in the background; panning shot of airfield, and of airmen diving for cover - a jeep is driven out of trouble; a man is digging, hears the explosion, abandons his spade, grabs a tin hat and runs; a sergeant is working on a truck's engine, looks up, grabs a tin hat, and rolls under the truck.
Production Details: Royal Air Force (Production company)
Baylis, Peter (Production individual)
Eades (Sergeant) (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Air Force (regiment/service)
United States Army Air Forces (regiment/service)
Keywords: aircraft, British - combat: Hawker Typhoon (object name)
aircraft, United States - transport: Douglas C-47 Dakota & [wrecked] (object name)
combat [simulated], British - artillery bombardment [i] (object name)
operations [simulated], British air - withdrawal: airfield evacuation (object name)
operations, British air - routine (object name)
Normandy, France (geography)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 979 ft; Running time: 10 mins
Notes: Summary: for details of Production X, see remarks to ACA 26. For 'Front Line Airfield', see remarks to ACB 25.
Technical: the 'Sergeant' sequence, which concludes this can, is presented as part of Production X (director, Baylis; camera, Challis). We are shown a clapperboard explaining this. The footage intended for 'Front Line Airfield' may in fact be only half the material of ACB 63.