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Summary: I. Preparations for a bombing raid by an RFC Squadron, Western Front, early 1918.
II. British Army steam tractors ploughing a field on the Western Front, early 1918.
Description: Probably 27 Night Bomber Squadron RFC at Serny in early 1918. An Airco DH4 is brought out of its hangar and fitted with 20-pound bombs. The pilot and gunner board the plane. A light tramway is used for the bomb trolleys bringing 112-pound bombs across the airfield, and one of these is fitted to another DH4. The propeller of the original aircraft is turned over and the chocks removed (out of sequence). The gunner is handed two aerial cameras. The aircraft takes off.
Two British steam tractors ploughing a field, very close to a barbed wire entanglement. One tractor becomes ditched and the other is used to pull it out of the mud. Rakes or harrows drawn by horses are at work on the same land.
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Bassill, F A (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Royal Flying Corps, Squadron 27 (regiment/service)
British Army (regiment/service)
Keywords: aircraft, British - combat: De Havilland DH4 (Airco) (object name)
weapons, British air - bomb: 20-pound (object name)
weapons, British air - bomb: 112-pound (object name)
equipment, British air - camera: aerial reconnaissance (object name)
equipment, British air - general: bomb trolley (object name)
operations, British air - preparation (object name)
operations, British air - sortie (object name)
agriculture, British - arable (object name)
transport, British military - agricultural: steam tractor (object name)
transport, British military - animal (object name)
Western Front (geography)