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Title:THE ARMY AIR SERVICE IN NORMANDY (PART 1) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 72-1
Summary: Aerial observation for army and navy artillery on 1st Corps' front.
Description: Filming from a Taylorcraft Auster from 652nd Army AOP Squadron's 'A' Flight, shortly after take-off, the cameraman surveys the countryside around the villages of Plumetot and Cresserons in which the following are seen occupying outlying fields and orchards; a POL dump, vehicles under camouflaged netting, an AFV and MT park (with Sherman tanks, M10 self-propelled guns clearly identifiable), an Austin K2 ambulance column, an ammunition dump, two B-17 Flying Fortresses on Plumetot Advanced Landing Ground, a Bedford OY lorry column and a field hospital (denoted by Large Red Cross panels). Referring to large mapboards, spotter pilots (all RA captains) and other RA officers hold a briefing session around their mobile HQ (a wireless truck); a pilot and his bombardier observer study a map of the Caen area, focusing on the Noyers-Brettevillette sector. Royal Navy signallers man wireless equipment at an FOP, relaying target information to their ship off 'Sword' beach; nearby, an RN captain and his orderly (both in army battledress) spot for the guns of a cruiser (HMS Emerald); note the Bren gun on hand in case of emergency.
Production Country: GB
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film Unit (Production company)
Gross, A C (Production individual)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 151 ft; Running time: 2 mins
Notes: See with A70 49-6; 50-1, 2, 3; 71-2; 72-1 and 74-2 for footage showing 1st Corps RA units in action north of Caen until the capture of the town on July 9th/10th 1944. Other methods of detecting enemy artillery are featured in A70 64-1 and 79-6. The pilots of Army AOP Squadrons came from the Royal Artillery while RAF personnel carried out maintenance work etc on their aircraft.
Good footage. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 72-2 which contains complementary footage and with A70 83-6 and 8, which features aerial sequences filmed from an Auster from 652nd Army AOP Squadron's 'B' Flight.