Catalina aircraft, piloted by the Norwegian Airforce, have been used to deliver mail to expedition camps on the Svalbard islands, 400 miles north of Norway in the Artic Ocean.
Air View Of Norwegian scenery.
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Air View Snow capped hills.
Air View. Norwegian landscape.
Air View. Of Catalina.
Air View. Scenery.
Air View. Ditto.
L.V. Plane landing.
S.V. Crew out of plane at "Advent Dalen"
S.V. Car delivering mail.
L.V. House and building at Advent Dalen.
L.V. Three men waiting for mail.
S.V.Int. Sorting out mail.
L.V. Men out of building with mail.
C.V.Pan Showing scenery and houses.
L.V. Crew by plane.
L.V. Three children watching.
S.V. Crew into plane.
L.V. Plane takes off.
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Air View Mountains.
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C.U. Preparing to sort out mail.
Air View. Group of islands.
Air Shot Of Catalina.
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Air View. Islands, pan up to Catalina.
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Background: Catalina aircraft, piloted by the Norwegian Airforce, have been used to deliver mail to expedition camps on the Svalbard islands, 400 miles north of Norway in the Artic Ocean. Unfortunately there is only one airfield there, built by the Germans during the second world war, which is too far from the camps. The letters will be dropped by parachute therefore.
There are two expeditions on the Svalbard islands, one is composed of Swedish and Swiss scientists, the other of Poles. Both expeditions are working on these snow-bound, freezing islands in connection with the geophysical year, and neither groups have received any mail for several months. In all over 4000 lbs of letters have been dropped to the expeditions.