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Title:RAF TRAINING EXERCISES ON P47 THUNDERBOLT AIRCRAFT AT 73 OPERATIONAL TRAINING UNIT, FAYID, EGYPT [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AMY 934
Summary: Camera gun footage shot in training, so that pilot could subsequently receive guidance on fighter tactics from a RAF instructor during projection of the processed film. Includes some excellent shots of ground targets being hit, and of the pursuit of the "enemy" aircraft, a P-47 Thunderbolt, and a B-24 Liberator.
Technical Details: Format: 16mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 400 ft; Running time: 10 mins
Notes: Summary: Pat Woodward recalled how during firing practice against white drogues each fighter pilot used bullets tipped with a different colour (red, blue, green,etc) so that his accuracy could be gauged via coloured holes in the grounded drogue. He recalled that his own hit rate was 30%, considered good. Liberator was from OTU unit at Ismailia - airmen in both planes were happy to test their target aiming skills on the other!
He also mentioned that when camera gun operational film was shot during the campaign in Burma, the heat and humidity made it impossible to process the negative in the field, although a colleague did succeed at 3am.