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Title:WRECK OF THE SS DOMALA AND THE RETURN OF EVACUEES FROM DUNKIRK [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 422
Other titles:THE ROYAL NAVY IN NORTHERN AND ATLANTIC WATERS [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Four newsreel items: (1) the wreck of SS Domala; (2) the arrival of aircraft from the United States; (3) evacuees from Dunkirk arriving at Dover; (4) a visit by General Sikorski to a Polish destroyer; and (5) RIN sailors at a Scottish station.
Description: I. Burnt-out hulk of the SS Domala near the Isle of Wight after an attack by aircraft of KG 26 on 2 March, 1940. The cameracraft approaches the gutted steamship and circles her to show the extent of the fire damage to the hull and upper works. Onboard shots show smoke still billowing from scuttles and between warped plating. Views up to the bridge and along the waist deck show the effects of bomb-blast. A few men poke about in the wreckage. Cut to a survivor lying in bed, propped up on pillows - his hands are loosely wrapped. He haltingly recounts his experiences, the only survivor out of ten men on a raft, and thanks the crew of the destroyer that rescued him.
II. A merchantman comes alongside with a deck cargo of Boston aircraft, wrapped and stripped down for passage, without propellers, tail or outer wing surfaces. The aircraft are lowered onto the quayside and towed away by a RAF Commer tractor.
III. Destroyers arrive at Dover carrying British and French troops evacuated from Dunkirk. Crowded with troops, HMS Codrington joins HMS Vivacious (D.36) and HMS Winchelsea (D.46) alongside at Dover. The soldiers come ashore, some limping and footsore, and walk off along the quayside past a double-decked bus. One man is taken away on a wheeled stretcher. CU of a French tankman wearing the collar patches of the 22nd Battalion.
IV. "Scotland". General Sikorski visits a Polish destroyer, probably Piorun (ex-Nerissa), and presents medals to deserving crewmen - HMS Blankney (L.30) is alongside in the background.
V. Inspection of RIN sailors by a minor civilian dignitary at a Navy, Army and Air Force Institute in Scotland, 5 March 1941.
Production Details: Admiralty (Production sponsor)
British Paramount News (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Sikorski, Władysław (person)
Royal Navy, Vivacious (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, WINCHELSEA (HMS) (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, CODRINGTON (HMS), destroyer (regiment/service)
Polish Navy, ORP Piorun (regiment/service)
Indian Navy (regiment/service)
Keywords: ships, British naval - destroyer: Vivacious (D.36) (object name)
ships, British naval - destroyer: Winchelsea (D.46) (object name)
ships, British naval - destroyer: Codrington (object name)
ships, Polish naval - destroyer: Piorun & [-] (object name)
ships, British civilian - passenger: Domala & [wrecked] (object name)
aircraft, United States - combat: Douglas Boston & [shipment] (object name)
transport, British - prime mover: Commer 4x2 Q2 truck tractor chassis (object name)
supplies, British, movement [RA] - aircraft: ship (object name)
operations, British naval - evacuation: Dunkirk (object name)
Second World War & Operation Dynamo & 5/1940 (event)
Dover, Kent, England, UK (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: English
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 656 ft; Running time: 7 mins