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Summary: Correct and incorrect survival methods are demonstrated by example within the framework of the story of a Liberator crew shot down 400 miles from base in the desert in high summer.
Description: Emphasises need for discipline, economy of resources from the beginning, conservation of energy, and need to stay by the crashed aircraft for as long as possible since it acts as a focal point for the search, and provides shade and a possible source of power and materials. Uses of oil, parachutes etc. A log is kept. When resources get low, it becomes necessary for some people to set out for the most accessible likely source of help. Tips on moving in desert - action when faced with sandstorm or natives. Care of wounded comrades (use of sulfa powder and bandages). Crew is eventually saved by a British plane, and is soon flying again. Film ends by emphasising that crews should carry all their survival equipment (this crew did not have its portable transmitter, fruit juice or a carrier pigeon) and be prepared for survival in the desert.
Production Country: United States of America
Production Details: United States Army Air Forces (Production sponsor)
United States Army Air Forces First Motion Picture Unit (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: United States Army Air Force, 12th Air Force (regiment/service)
Keywords: training, United States air - survival (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: 4
Footage: 3206 ft; Running time: 35 mins
Notes: Remarks: originally classified as "Restricted".
Remarks: shot in studio and with models, but the script, loaded with good advice, does not creak too badly, and the film does hold the viewer's interest. Competent production.