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Title:BRITISH PACIFIC FLEET AIR BASE, PITYILU [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 474
Other titles:PACIFIC ISLAND AIR STRIP [Alternative Title]
Summary: Life on Pityilu, air base for the fleet train of the BPF (British Pacific Fleet).
Description: Opening MS off the port quarter of a Ruler Class escort carrier, aircraft ranged on deck. Cut to MS of palm-thatched church. CU of traffic signs - speed limit is 20 mph. LA study of coconut palm. Nissen-type living quarters. Men relax, swimming in the sea and diving from a low board. MCU of bicycles leant up against the side of a building. MS of a range of three Corsairs, parked with wings folded - MCU of maintenance work - front fairing of engine cowling is screwed down. HA.MS onto a range of aircraft parked tails towards camera - Corsairs and Sea Otters, with Vultee Vengeance target tugs in the foreground. MS and CUs of a Grumman Hellcat parked beneath a shelter while undergoing service. MCU of notice: USE WATER SPARINGLY, (Signed) P. SYRACUSE, PROF. MS of a water tower. MS, generator. CU, telephone wires. MS over a muddy sports field where a football match is in progress. MS of a Sea Otter taking off from airstrip. MS of air control tower and radar trailers - Auster parked in the background. Network of telephone lines. MCU of operator wearing headphones in radio shack. MS of Grumman Avenger taking off past the camera. MSs of a Nissen hut converted into a theatre and cinema, and the projection box, raised on stilts. LS aerial view of the island, dominated by the airstrip - an aircraft begins its take off run. Film ends with a brief sequence showing shops in Britain.