• Short Summary

    Tribute to the airmen and ground crews of the RAF, seen during the offensive in Middle East.

  • Description

    Titles read: "SALUTE TO RAF".

    Middle East.

    General view of aircraft flying overhead a desert aerodrome. Panning shot of a Ventura bomber taking off from a desert airfield. Commentator pays tribute to the airmen and ground crews of the RAF who, "by magnificent technique, crippled the Luftwafe in this theatre of operations and dominated the skies from the outset of the great offensive".

    Aerial view from a plane shows bombs falling onto German supply lines moving across the desert. Aerial view of RAF supply trucks moving along a road.

    M/S of German military cemetery beside the road; lorries pass nearby. Ground to air shot of formation of Venturas. Various shots of a Kittyhawk with ground crew digging up their supplies of beer from an underground refrigerator in foreground.

    M/S of Air Chief Marshal Tedder and Air Vice Marshal Arthur Coningham as they climb into an aircraft. We see this 'Grasshopper' aircraft take off. It is a captured German Fieseler Storch which has been painted in RAF colours.

    The convoy moves off across the desert from their coastal position to an advanced position.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:43:55:00 / 01:46:29:00

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