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Summary: A Royal Air Force Transport Command airfield in Normandy, France.
Description: Panning shot of C47 Dakota aircraft, and of trucks waiting nearby (two takes); crates of penicillin are unloaded ("return to Army Blood Supply Depot"), and a truck ("Blood Transfusion Service") drives off. Further shots of the Dakota being unloading ; a stretcher case is transferred from ambulance to Dakota; a stretcher case is transferred from ambulance interior; WAAF officer and nursing orderly supervise moving of patient; shot of Dakota's nose, and ambulance, followed by film of three airmen climbing into aircraft hatch; the Dakota taxies, raising airfield dust (No KG 579); some officers and men arrive at the aircraft and climb in; some papers are handed to airman in Dakota; freight (including a 42lb box of anti-Mosquito cream) is unloaded from Dakota to truck (various takes). Ralph Reader and members of his Gang Show No 5 are seen arriving and deplaning from a Dakota transport aircraft; amongst the company is the actor and comedian Cardew Robinson. In the background, a tent is burning; the fire is extinguished. a Hurricane lands (various takes); a Dakota lands, a bag marked 'Press' is transferred from an ADLS (despatch) Hurricane to a waiting jeep; confidential mail is tucked into an auxiliary petrol tank under the aircraft's wing; the Hurricane prepares to take off.
Production Details: Royal Air Force (Production company)
Gaumont British News (Production company)
Prentice, A S (Gaumont British News) (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Reader, Ralph (person)
Royal Air Force (regiment/service)
Royal Air Force, Women's Auxiliary Air Force (regiment/service)
Keywords: aircraft, British - combat: Hawker Hurricane (object name)
aircraft, United States - transport: Douglas C-47 Dakota (object name)
medical, British air - movement: air (object name)
operations, British air - routine (object name)
supplies, British, movement [RA] - medical (object name)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 665 ft; Running time: 7 mins
Notes: Summary: Gang Show No 5 also included comedian Joe Black and Tony Davenport.
Production: material was shot by Gaumont British cameramen, but processed by RAF laboratories.
Technical: fine grain is part of a can comprising ACB 106 and 107 (total length 846 ft).