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Title:BRITISH PARAMOUNT NEWS ISSUE 987 (14 AUGUST 1940) : GERMAN AIR RAIDS [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 428
Summary: Mute newsreel containing four sequences.
Description: 1. Untitled scenes. LS of He 111 formation. Crashing aircraft - parachute visible. CU burning wreckage. Unravelled belts of MG ammunition from a German aircraft. Partially inflated barrage balloon. Strewn wreckage, some of it bearing Nazi insignia. CU captured pilot under escort.
2. 'Rout All Fritzes'. LS balloon barrage, LS Messerschmitt Bf 109 banking. Raider crashes in flames. Pilot parachutes into sea.
3. Dover Keeps Watch Under Daily Raids. LS He 111 raider. Bombs burst on sea front. LS AA guns in action. Pall of smoke over the town. Raider crashing. Crash landed Bf 109 suspended from sheerlegs. CU of riddled squadron marking upon ME 110. Bomb damage in Dover. Troops clear rubble. ARP Services ambulance.
4. Germans Resume Big Scale Raids. Hoses played upon a burning department store. Damage to a church (St Giles, Cripplegate?). Damaged houses - local inhabitants speak into camera. MS of a row of ruined houses. Shattered assembly hall. A women emerges from a garden shelter and points to the exterior splinter marks. Cut to aerial formations. AA fire. LS crashing Bf 109. Pilot parachutes into sea. MCU of an air-sea rescue launch setting out. CU bandaged enemy pilot escorted off a launch into a waiting ambulance. Second pilot brought ashore, smiling (British).
Notes: Summary: "Rout All Fritzes" identified as originating in issue of BPN for 14 August 1940. Other stories not placed.
Remarks: In the final episode the scene shifts from London to the coast (Dover). Censored film of street names indicates that the initial film was taken in the area of Cripplegate.