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Title:NAVAL BOMBARDMENT PART 2: AIR CONTROL WITH LINE OF FIRE OBSERVATION [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 2577-5-7
Summary: Naval instructional film illustrating the spotter-control procedure used by fighter-reconnaissance pilots for directing a naval bombardment from the air.
Description: The film shows the Bombardment Control Room on board the coordinating HQ ship, before describing the actual procedure of an imaginary 'shoot' Bombardment control receives a request from a beach-head to silence an enemy gun battery located some distance inland. A Seafire is flown off an aircraft carrier to conduct a search of the area from which the shelling is reported to come, and upon identification of the battery, the pilot, relaying his instructions through the HQ ship, calls down the fire of a distant 6-inch gun cruiser. A series of bracketing shots correct for range and bearing before the cruiser, firing for effect, destroys the target in a series of rapid salvoes. The aircraft returns to base.