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Description: Four Typhoons are briefly shown, in formation; two of them fly overhead; two others make bumpy landings, raising airfield dust; a Typhoon - piloted by Flying Officer Geoff Murphy - is seen attempting to land, with one wheel down: it crashes spectacularly (bent propeller, wrecked engine etc), and ambulances, officials quickly arrive on the scene. Various shots of Typhoons revving up, taking off and flying in formation. A damaged Liberator, losing power, crashes to the ground; black smoke rises from the distant countryside, beyond a church. A Typhoon taxies past the camera, raising the dust; two Typhoons take off, past a man sitting at a telephone communications desk; two Typhoons are shown in the distance, in formation; two more Typhoons are seen taxiing to a standstill, raising airfield dust. Various shots of Typhoons taking off, low flying, peeling off from a group.
Production Details: Royal Air Force (Production company)
Hodges, Ken (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Air Force (regiment/service)
Keywords: aircraft, British - combat: Hawker Typhoon & [wrecked] (object name)
aircraft, United States - combat: Consolidated B-24 Liberator & [wrecked] (object name)
operations, British air - routine (object name)
operations, British air - sortie (object name)
Normandy, France (geography)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 673 ft; Running time: 7 mins
Notes: Summary: according to dopesheet, the crashing Liberator has been abandoned by its crew and is flying literally 'unmanned'. See remarks to ACB 25.
See also ARY 7- 86 regarding the Typhoon crash sequence.
Technical: fine grain is part of a can comprising ACB 117-20 (total length 1267 ft). Print is also part of a can ACB 117-120 (total length 610 ft) and is 103 ft (only Liberator footage, and a few shots of Typhoons taking off). Another fine grain version held separately (675 ft).