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Title:LADY MOUNTBATTEN ARRIVES IN BATAVIA [Allocated Title]
Film Number:JFU 390
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Edwina Mountbatten, wife of the Supreme Allied Commander Lord Louis Mountbatten, arrives by air in Batavia (Jakarta) to visit prisoner of war camps in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia).
Description: A stationary silver RAF Douglas Dakota transport 'Sister Ann' serial FL510. Lady Mountbatten steps down. She is greeted by Squadron Leader Reeves, the officer in command of the airfield. She chats with Australian ex-prisoners of war (note 'sunrise' badge of Australian Imperial Force) awaiting transport. Lady Mountbatten departs by open-topped car.
Production Details: War Office Directorate of Public Relations (Production sponsor)
SEAC Film Unit (Production company)
Davis, Desmond (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Mountbatten, Edwina (Countess) (person)
St John Ambulance (regiment/service)
Australian Army, Australian Imperial Force (regiment/service)
Keywords: Batavia, Java, Netherlands East Indies (geography)
Allied Occupation of the Netherlands East Indies, Allied Occupation of South East Asia post-August 1945 (event)
Recovery of Allied Prisoners of War and Internees 1945, Allied Prisoners of War Far East 1939-1945, Internment (event)
Empire & Commonwealth (theme)
Prisoners of War, Far East 1939-1945 (theme)
British Army 1939-1945 (theme)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 99 ft; Running time: 2 mins
Notes: Lady Mountbatten was superintendent-in-chief of the St John Ambulance Brigade, and is seen wearing a 'St John' shoulder title in this film. In the immediate post-war period she visited many Asian countries and travelled tens of thousands of miles in efforts to accelerate the relief of prisoners of war and internees. See related items.
'Sister Ann' was Mountbatten's personal transport and was fitted with a VIP interior. Some of the details of her service history can be found in a 1957 edition of 'Flight' magazine (now 'Flight International), reproduced at the address below.
JIN 6 (LADY MOUNTBATTEN VISITS HOSPITALS AT BOMBAY AND POONA [Allocated Title])
JIN 7 (LADY MOUNTBATTEN VISITS HOSPITALS AT HYDERABAD AND BOMBAY [Allocated Title])
JFU 318 (THE MOUNTBATTENS VISIT SINGAPORE PRISONERS OF WAR [Allocated Title])
JFU 396 (THE MOUNTBATTENS VISIT PRISONERS OF WAR IN SINGAPORE [Allocated Title])