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Summary: The role of the Traffic Officer in RAF Transport Command.
Description: Reel 1- Air to air of Avro York opening scene. Bomb aimer in Lancaster nose. A2A of OL•Y. Bomb aimer giving pilot instructions then cuts to bomb bay and dropping persons suspended like bombs. Distant voice berates the pilot Flight Lieutenant Jack Johnson 57 Squadron for his actions. Told to report to Traffic Officer, Squadron Leader Atherton. Johnson's attitude is very blasé towards his job. Explains Transport Cmd routes around world. Takes him to Air Booking Centre and process of allocation of payloads to flights. Process of booking in passengers for flights shown to Johnson.
Reel 2- Taken to Air Freight Centre to be shown how freight is handled and prepared for loading onto aircraft. Then shown how freight is managed for weight distribution on aircraft. Loading freight onto York.
Reel 3- Next morning Johnson arrives at terminal to be told he's going to “Salumpore” on the flight he watched being prepared previous day. Booked in for flight, baggage and passengers weighed. Boarding transport to departure terminal and papers checked, customs check etc. Atherton explains the importance of the role of the Traffic Officer to Johnson and they attend a flight safety briefing.
Reel 4- Looking around aircraft (Avro York) before going to Load Control. Crew carry out pre-flight handover. Passengers emplane and get a quick briefing prior to take off.
Reel 5 - Aircraft lands at “Fandar” for an hour and passengers deplane. Johnson tries to get a meal but is taken to Load Control for further 'education' then finally gets time for a meal. Additional freight and passengers added to manifest.
Reel 6 - Passengers called up for emplaning. Closing scene sees Johnson in charge of aircraft of Transport Command.
Production Country: GB
Production Details: JONES, PETER (Production individual)