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Title:THE EYES OF THE ARMY : with the RFC at the front [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 118
Other titles:OFFICIAL PICTURES OF THE BRITISH ARMY IN FRANCE - THIRD SERIES [Series Title]
Summary: Royal Flying Corps workshops and aeroplanes, Western Front, spring 1916.
Description: An RFC mobile repair shop. A wrecked BE2, serial number 2059, has its wings removed by mechanics and is taken to the repair sheds where its fabric is stripped off. A French officer, being escorted round the shop, passes the fuselage of a Bristol Scout C type, serial number 4679. The mechanics march off to eat. RFC personnel inspect the wreckage of a crashed "Albatros" (?). A rotary engine is fitted to a BE2 (?). An RE7 reconnaissance aircraft goes out on a flight, sending signals to two wireless operators on the ground, and comes back to land.
Production Details: War Office (Production sponsor)
British Topical Committee for War Films (Production company)
Malins, Geoffrey H (Production individual)
Tong, Edward G (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Royal Flying Corps, Squadron 21 (?) (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Flying Corps, Squadron 12 (?) (regiment/service)
Keywords: aircraft, British - combat: Royal Aircraft Establishment BE2 & [wrecked] (object name)
aircraft, British - combat: Bristol Scout C & [wrecked] (object name)
aircraft, British - combat: Royal Aircraft Establishment RE7 & [+] (object name)
aircraft, German - combat: Albatros CIII (?) & [captured] & [wrecked] (object name)
buildings, British - military: workshop (object name)
communications, British air - electronic (object name)
industry, British - aircraft (object name)
operations, British air - sortie (object name)
operations, British air - preparation (object name)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Silent
Soundtrack language: None
Title language: English
Subtitle language: English
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 420 ft; Running time: 8 mins
Notes: Cameraman: this was either Malins or Tong. The BE2 seen first, crashed on take-off in October 1915 and is seen here being recovered.
Summary: only a few of the type of RE7 shown, with the Beardmore engine, ever flew, and it is an extremely rare aircraft. This one belonged either to 21 Squadron or 12 Squadron RFC.
Remarks: a finely done little piece, with the accident of recording an unusually rare aircraft making it doubly valuable.