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Title:DECK LANDINGS ON HMS GLORY [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 1801
Other titles:POST-WAR NAVAL OPERATIONS - MISCELLANEOUS [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Deck landings by Firefly FR.1s, Walrus amphibians, Corsairs and Seafires on HMS Glory, then stationed in the Indian Ocean.
Description: Reel One. Firefly FR.1s of 837 Squadron land on HMS Glory, September 1946 - the camera is shooting aft from a sponson down the port side of the flightdeck to the Deck Landing Control Officer's position, and each landing is preceded by a board giving the date, the aircraft number, the pilot's identity, and sometimes a mission character for the flight. Firefly deck landings are interspersed with some by Walrus amphibians and Corsair IVs of 1831 Squadron. By the end of the reel the date on the boards has advanced to January, 1947. Reel Two. More Corsair and Firefly landings - some of the Fireflies are from HMS Venerable, probably 814 Squadron, and are decorated with a lightning flash below the exhaust stubs (Glory's own Firefly 270 is also decorated with a fine set of shark's teeth). On 4 February 1947, the pilot of one of Venerable's aircraft (serial PP 645) rewards the patient viewer by bouncing over the wires into the crash barrier. The landings continue - by 24 February, aircraft 270 has lost its teeth. In April there are a series of deck landings by Seafire F.XVs - probably those of 806 Squadron, then embarked on Glory. The routine then resumes. A final Seafire landing is particularly spectacular - aircraft 5H comes in far too high to take the wires, but low enough to catch its undercarriage on the safety barrier and nose-dive into the deck. The aircraft rests upright on mainwheels and the leading edge of the wings, its nose cracked open where the engine bearer has been forced upwards by the impact.
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Navy, Glory (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Venerable (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm, Sqdn 837 (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm, Sqdn 1831 (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm, Sqdn 806 (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm, Sqdn 814 (regiment/service)
Keywords: ships, British naval - aircraft carrier, light: Glory & [-] (object name)
aircraft, British naval - combat: Fairey Firefly (object name)
aircraft, British naval - combat: Supermarine Seafire (object name)
aircraft, British naval - seaplane: Supermarine Walrus (object name)
aircraft, United States naval - combat: Vought F4U Corsair & [British] (object name)
Technical Details: Format: 16mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 2
Footage: 2858 ft; Running time: 79 mins
Notes: Technical: both reels are very badly scratched and shrunken
Summary: this interminable catalogue was presumably made as record footage for analysis during deck landing training. It is still instructive to watch, if the DLCO's screen is down, the pilots' response to the batsman's signals