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Title:RECOVERY OF HMS THRACIAN AND AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE ONBOARD HMS PIONEER [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 452
Other titles:BRITISH NAVAL OPERATIONS IN THE FAR EAST [Allocated Series Title]
Description: I. HMS Thracian in Yokosuka naval base near Tokyo, September, 1945. MS of covered trolley on rails - torpedo reloading gear. LA of White Ensign flying from mainmast gaff. MS of quadruple torpedo tubes - three 24-inch and one 18-inch in one mounting. Interior of wheelhouse. CU of engine room telegraph with Japanese characters added to the original English. Bridge battle instruments of Japanese manufacture. A rating chalks up the ship's name H.M.S. THRACIAN. RAN sentry on guard. MS off Thracian's port quarter - she lies moored near to a Japanese Type C patrol vessel.
II. Aircraft maintenance carrier HMS Pioneer, at an island base, January, 1945. HA.MS over deck crowded with aircraft - a TBD Avenger from Indefatigable, with Vought Corsairs in the background. LA of a mechanic making adjustments to Avenger's engine. Men wash down a Corsair prior to re-painting. Mechanic works around supercharger air intake on Corsair. An Avenger, canvas coverings over cockpit and engine, comes up on elevator and is manhandled to a parking space where it is chocked up. Another party manhandles a tailless Corsair onto the lift, to be struck down onto hangar deck. CU of two men inspecting and cleaning Browning .50 cal machine guns. MS on hangar deck as crews work on two radial engines removed from Avengers. LA on flight deck as engineer runs engine of a reconditioned Avenger. Short sequence inside electrical engineering workshop - men test circuits, make repairs and test equipment. Cut to the deck of an escort carrier where a damaged Avenger is lifted over the side onto a powered lighter alongside. The lighter, appearing rather overladen, makes off for Pioneer - a hospital ship appears in the background. MS over the crowded deck of the maintenance carrier. Close-ups of aircraft too badly damaged for repair - to be used for spare parts as required. Sequence showing repaired Avenger being manhandled into a parking space - engine and cockpit are then covered with protective canvas. Avenger 379 is tested - engineer starts her up, a large puff of smoke coming from the exhaust. Avenger 378 is run up as engineers monitor cockpit instruments.
III. RAF officers train for carrier operations in Australia. MS as landing signals officer directs a Seafire down onto airstrip. Seafire 'Barbara' taxies past to take off with another aircraft. Seafires 'land on'. Study of pilots. CU as Sub-Lieutenant, RNVR, leans into cockpit of aircraft 'Irene' to help familiarise the pilot. Final shot of trainee with parked Seafire and instructor.