HMS BULWARK WORKS UP IN THE MEDITERRANEAN [Allocated Title]
After her conversion to a Commando Carrier, HMS Bulwark conducts operational trials on the North African coast.
HA from the island as Whirlwind HAS.7 helicopters of 848 Squadron are ranged on their spots. Sequence showing helicopters picking up cargo nets - as one aircraft climbs away, the trolley on which the laden net was supported is lifted clear of the deck and overturned - deck crew right the trolley and tow it off. Deck crew pack marines' personal kit onto a trolley - nearby stands a second trolley laden with a net of jerry cans ready to be airlifted ashore. Returning aircraft bring back nets of empty containers - when Whirlwind K jettisons its load the net spills open and cans spill across the deck. Senior marine officers, going ashore in a helicopter, are seen off by Captain Franks. LS along the deck to Whirlwind K as it picks up one of the marines' Citroën light utility vehicles - one of the strops parts or comes away and the vehicle hits the deck, its hood flying open. As the helicopter rises slightly the vehicle spins on the remaining strop. K is directed to lower the vehicle back onto the deck where it can be righted. A pilot of 848 Squadron stands nearby watching. Marines board helicopter R. Whirlwind K makes a second, and this time successful attempt, to lift a Citroën. Cut to scrubby, desert terrain where tents have been erected and the marines are busy digging in. A Whirlwind sends up a cloud of dust as it sets down on a distant rise to disembark more men. Whirlwinds F and L fly in to drop supplies.