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Summary: I. "RAF step up day attacks on French targets." Mosquitos take off on another daylight precision bombing of Northern France. (Film of Group Captain P C Pickard of 'F for Freddie' fame kitting up beside his plane). Bostons and Mitchells carry out high-level raids on targets concealed in woods in the same area.
II. "King and Queen tour Yorkshire coalfields." People in mining areas are said to be "now enjoying comparative prosperity"; film shows King and Queen smiling at children lining a street in the Wakefield district. Royal couple later sees the excavation of surface coal, pass miners on the roadside and are reported to have visited miners' homes.
III. "The other man's job. Runways for attack." Manufacturing scenes of the square mesh steel track and lighter wire-mesh used respectively for airfield runways and the construction of temporary roads - for example over beaches, as the commentary pointedly remarks. Wire is tested for strength then wound into rolls ready for transportation.