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Description: Various shots of Mustangs taking off (in twos, and singly - 195 ft of this not mentioned on dope sheet); Mustangs come in to land; a pilot opens cockpit hatch and climbs on the wing: he writes out a photo-reconnaissance report, while observer removes bag from cockpit; close-up of corporal unscrewing F.24 camera from wing of Mustang, and removing magazine - he places it in the bag, two Mustangs take off, one lands, a formation of 4 circles the airfield. Outside a camouflaged 'photo-office', a sergeant walks forward to receive data - as from an airman on a bicycle - and reads it, with magnifying glass, the cyclist takes reply and pedals off; at the 'photo-office' (168 Photo section), an airman arrives with an F.24 camera magazine and gives it to the sergeant. A man sitting at desk in 'office' (RAF 133227 trailer) takes the package and leaves. The sergeant examines prints with a magnifying glass. [Print of ACB 148 (in separate can): The first part of this (the only part which resembles the scheduled contents of ACB 148, as shown on SP) includes, for 147 ft, film of the Sergeant examining prints, while a Corps of Signals Major sits at a desk nearby; then detailed footage of a printing process (scraping down surface), which, however, looks more like a poster than a photographic print.]
Production Details: Royal Air Force (Production company)
Hodges, Ken (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Air Force, Photo Section 168 (regiment/service)
Royal Air Force, Royal Corps of Signals (regiment/service)
Keywords: communications, British air - message: bicycle messenger (object name)
equipment, British air - camera: camera-gun F.24 (object name)
intelligence, military, British - reconnaissance (object name)
aircraft, United States - light military: North American P-51 Mustang photoreconnaissance (object name)
operations, British air - surveillance: photo-reconnaissance (object name)
GB, England (geography)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 744 ft; Running time: 8 mins
Notes: Summary: fine grain is in a separate can (as is print marked ACB 148). See above. This film apparently (see Progress Report) relates to ACB 138, of which no print held. Perhaps mystery ACB 148P related to ACB 138 more directly, although content not as on ACB 138 dopesheet.
Technical: print contains some footage which relates to this, but otherwise has later ACBs spliced into it. Relevant footage in ACB 148 P concerns photographic printing (the first 147 ft) - then 'Death Road'-type footage about destruction in a French cathedral town (for 349 ft).