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Title:BOMBARDMENT OF VIBO VALENTIA ? [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 463
Other titles:MEDITERRANEAN OPERATIONS OF THE ROYAL NAVY [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Sequence shot onboard HMS Aurora, in company with HMS Penelope, and a night firing sequence which may be the bombardment of Vibo Valentia, on the south side of the Gulf of San Eufemia, on the night of 13/14 August, 1943.
Description: I. Bombardment of Vibo Valentia ? HMS Aurora carries out a night bombardment, shooting with main 6-inch guns.
II. The two cruisers and escorting destroyers on a sweep off the Italian coast. Evening sky seen below 6-inch guns. On the bridge men observe the distant coastline through personal and spotting binoculars - at the left of frame is a Lewis gun on a pedestal mounting. Evening sky - this time framed by the barrels of 4x2-pounder AA. LS to HMS Penelope holding station astern - seen over an AA ring sight in the foreground. XLS from beneath the guns of A turret to a distant destroyer off the port bow. HA study of ship's bows slipping through the water. HA over focsle - B turret carries a circular platform but no AA mounting. One of the officers on the bridge wears a solar topee. LS aft over portside AA - Oerlikon, 4x2-pounder, and twin 4-inch guns. Penelope has closed on the port quarter and now flashes a signal.