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Title:320 AND 98 SQUADRONS DEPART ON AN OPERATION [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ARY 36-15
Summary: General scenes of operational activity.
Description: NO*Y of 320 Squadron taxies as a Dutch flag (bearing the Squadron crest) flies in the foreground. A Dutch officer emerges from a Mitchell and hands his flying kit which includes a steel helmet to a Petty Officer. The camera pans from a Mitchell to the flag. The Squadron Commander, Commander Hans V B Burgerhout, gets out of the aircraft and shakes hands with assembled officers and men, including the chief engineering officer Flight Lieutenant Geudeker. RAF crews lounge in chairs outside Nissen huts. A Mitchell's flight crew is seen in close up in their cockpit, the pilot gestures to the camera. Aircraft "U" is waved away by squadron personnel (including a British chaplain) as it takes off. "Grumpy" of 98 Squadron takes off. The aircraft are then seen in flight over to the target where the bombs are dropped. Stock shots are taken of Navigator reading in the nose of a Mitchell. Two aircraft taxi. "GRUMPY" of 98 Squadron is bombed up in a good sequence.
Production Details: RAF Film Production Unit (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Air Force, Sqdn 320 (regiment/service)
Royal Air Force, Sqdn 98 (regiment/service)
Royal Netherlands Navy & Naval Air Service & Sqdn 320 (regiment/service)
Keywords: aircraft, United States - combat: North American B-25 Mitchell & [Dutch] (object name)
operations, British air - routine: bombing up (object name)
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: 870 ft; Running time: 9 mins
Notes: Summary: absence of dope sheet for ARY 36-15 hinders identification of location and date. Another ARY 36 dopesheet is dated February 1943, but only time 320 Squadron and 98 Squadron shared same base was when located at Dunsfold (Surrey) from February-March 1944. 320 Squadron did not fly Mitchells till March 1943 (at Methwold), although 98 Squadron had Mitchells from Septemer 1942 (at West Raynham).