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Other titles:SECOND FRONT (leader title) [Alternative Title]
Summary: Scenes of flightdeck activity onboard HMS Formidable operating as part of the Force H covering group for the invasion of North Africa, Operation Torch.
Description: HA.MS from the island as an Albacore of 820 Squadron takes off - a second aircraft follows, the camera panning up to follow the receding flight. Rather poorly focused shots of the forward portside 4.5-inch and 2-pounder AA at firing practice. CUs of four aircrew - they smile for the camera. HA from the island to Albacore being armed with 250-pound bombs for a strike on the Algiers area. CU of lookout and officers with binoculars. LA of fluttering White Ensign. Interior shot as aircrew study the 'Recognition Handbook of British Aircraft' and compare it with one covering Italian aircraft. LS aft from the island as two Seafires of 885 Squadron land on.
Production Details: Admiralty (Production sponsor)
Gaumont British News (Production company)
Ewins, James (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Navy, FORMIDABLE (HMS), aircraft carrier (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm, Sqdn 820 (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm, Sqdn 885 (regiment/service)
Keywords: ships, British naval - aircraft carrier, fleet: Formidable (object name)
aircraft, British naval - combat: Fairey Albacore (object name)
aircraft, British naval - combat: Supermarine Seafire (object name)
Second World War & Operation Torch & 11/1942 (event)