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Other titles:RAF BOMBER RAID ON PA-AN, BURMA, FEBRUARY 1942 [Allocated Title]
PICCADILLY CIRCUS OF RANGOON [Main Title]
STREET SCENES, RANGOON, BURMA FEBRUARY 1942 [Allocated Title]
INCENDIARIES FIRE RUBBISH, RANGOON, BURMA FEBRUARY 1942 [Main Title]
Summary: Mute, unedited footage shot by British Paramount News cameraman Maurice Ford in Burma.
Description: Burma February 1942. RAF Squadron 113. Bristol Blenheim Mk VI aircraft in flight, various air-to-air shots. Shot of rear gunner position. Various interior shots of pilot and a rear view of the navigator (identified from the cameraman's original Dope Sheet as Flying Officer Ronald "Cherry" Orchard of Edinburgh. Multiple air-to-air views of aircraft in formation. Views across aircraft wing towards the ground. Various air-to-ground views of countryside and a river.
Rangoon, Burma 17 February 1942. Man wearing a pith helmet pointing up to a street sign "PICCADILLY CIRCUS". View along a wide suburban road with very little traffic. View along the same road in the opposite direction showing one car and a few civilian pedestrians. Group of men, and one women, walk past the camera, most carrying bundles on their heads. View of a building with a sign "HABEBIAH ISLAMIAH ORPHANAGE SCHOOL". Shot of a pillar box. Rear view of a man walking along the round carrying a bucket and using an umbrella as a sunshade.
Burma February 1942, probably, RAF Squadron 113. Bristol Blenheim Mk VI aircraft in flight. Air-to-ground views of river, trees and smoke in the distance (from raid on Pa-An?) View through cockpit window. Air-to-air shots of Blenheim aircraft flying low in formation. Air-to-ground shots of pagodas. Sustained air-to-air shots of Blenheim aircraft in flight. View in and from the cockpit as aircraft comes in to land. View from the ground of a taxiing. Portrait shot of a RAF pilot.
Rangoon, Burma, February 1942. Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) personnel and fire tender at scene of a small fire on open ground by the side of a large building (factory?). AFS personnel playing water hose on burning area. Large building seen in background through the smoke. Portrait shot of fireman wearing a boiler suit with AFS monogram on the pocket. Portrait of another member of the AFS. Shot of RFS personnel (Rangoon Fire Service?). Sign on the side of the fire tender "CORPORATION OF RANGOON FIRE DEPARTMENT".
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 883 ft; Running time: 9 mins
Notes: According to the cameraman's original Dope Sheets the "Piccadilly Circus" item and the Pa-An stories were mailed from Burma on 17 and 18 February 1942, therefore presumably filmed on that date or a day or so before.
Above stories relate to Maurice Ford's shipment numbers 124, 125, 126 and 132 with the exception of the incendiaries item. There is no corresponding Dope Sheet for the Rangoon incendiaries item.
For the British Paramount newsreel including footage shot by Maurice Ford in Burma, 1942, see issue no 1173, IWM film ref NPA 1173.
Maurice Ford notes in his Dope Sheet for the "Piccadilly Circus" item (shipment no 125) "Only covered for a laugh to break the usual coverage... but it gives me a kick to realise that if the Japs ever get this Piccadilly Circus they will certainly never get the real one."