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Title:SCENES ON BOARD HMS OCEAN 1 [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 695
Summary: Unedited scenes onboard the aircraft carrier HMS Ocean.
Description: I. Scenes on board HMS Ocean: individual aircraft (Seafire FR MK 47a, Firefly Mk 5s and NF1s) take off and land, aircraft ranged on after deck, parked or running up - sometimes in squadron strength; small tractor tows Firefly aft to take off position; HA.MS as Firefly NF.1 is positioned on lift and struck below. MCUs from camera on hangar deck as NF1s one manhandled from lowered lift. HA.MS from island to elevator bringing up Firefly Mk 5; ratings man a line attached to tail wheel of aircraft nose down on deck; MCU as aircrew rating adjusts pilot's harness; pilot briefing for 'Operation Buck'; various shots of Flight Deck Control Officer and the flight deck party about their duties and waiting in the safety area; MCU of Captain W R C Leggatt and navigator on the bridge, and helmsman (Petty Officer) in wheelhouse as he puts the wheel hard a starboard.
II. MS as Seafire XV banks to fly low over a wood (sequence repeated), and LS - CU as aircraft goes over low, undercarriage retracting in flight.
Notes: Summary: HMS Ocean arrived at Malta in June 1948, where with HMS Vengeance she formed the 2nd Aircraft Carrier Squadron - HMS Ocean embarked the 14th Carrier Air Group, comprising 804 Squadron (13 Seafire Mk 47s) and 812 Squadron (12 Firefly Mk 5s and 4 Firefly NF1s). Operation Buck, conducted in November 1948, appears to have been a joint Anglo-American exercise with USS Franklin D. Roosevelt and supporting units.