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Title:AIRFRONT RAF OPERATIONAL FILM RECORD NO 1 [Main Title]
Film Number:GAF 11
Summary: Pre-Invasion "softening up" raids by the Second Tactical Air Force.
Description: Bombers taking off, and a simple map, accompany an explanation of the purpose of these raids - the destruction of anti-invasion shore defences, gun sites, coastal batteries, E-boat pens and hideouts, railway centres and industrial targets, mainly in northern France. Aircraft are seen on their way to their targets, and extensive aerial footage covers each raid: Lancasters and Mitchells evade AA fire; aerial film of bombing raids on shore defence weaponry and engine-repair shops; low-flying raids (Mosquitos) on steel works and power stations; night raid on ammunition dumps, etc. Aircraft featured also include Bostons.
Production Details: RAF Film Production Unit (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations:
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: English
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 939 ft; Running time: 10 mins
Notes: Remarks: establishes the format for the 'airfront' series - brief shots of bombers "on the way to a raid" as the commentary describes the details of aircraft (not all illustrated), weapons, destination, intention; then longer footage (taken from camera plane, with camera sometimes in the bomb-bay) of the raid itself, showing damage done, etc. Maps are often shown during the "on the way" explanation.