CHINA INDIA BURMA: RAF OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA [Allocated Title]
Scenes from an American airbase at Chungking (Chongqing), China, an RAF parachute school at Chaklala, near Rawalpindi, India (Pakistan) and transport aircraft and gliders at Meiktila, central Burma.
Reel 1: Aerial footage; landscapes and cloudscapes. Mountains, possibly the Himalayas. A settlement on a plain. A Chinese city street, possibly in Chungking. A group of four American airmen with Chinese children; one has a camera around his neck and another drinks from a bottle. At an airfield aircrew board a Douglas Dakota transport aircraft. A pilot leans out of a cockpit window; a crest on the aircraft reads 'Royal Air Force Transport Command'. Other transport aircraft taking off, most of them US Army Air Force (USAAF) Dakotas or Curtiss C-46 Commandos. Local Chinese labourers at work with pick axes and shovels. The labourers use pony and bullock carts to move earth and rocks. An RAF camp with an RAF Ensign flying. A convoy of carts passes along a road. An officer and an airman with a pet dog. A Chinese building. A small group of airmen watch a stick of incense burn. Four airmen walking in very scenic mountainous terrain. They walk along a path carved out of a cliff face. An Australian Flying Officer examines a small flower growing on the cliff. Aerial footage; the camera looks vertically down at a cultivated field with row upon row of round and even-spaced bushes. A Squadron Leader at the controls of a Dakota. Views of rivers and lakes.
Reel 2: Two servicewomen, one of them apparently an Indian lady of the Women's Auxiliary Corps (India) (WAC(I)) and the second of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (the 'WAAFs') go sightseeing. They walk around an ornamental garden, cross a decorative pond using stepping stones and admire a life-size stone elephant. Three Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) officers admire the stone elephant. At a swimming pool two soldiers, both fully clothed and complete with packs and rifles, dive in. Men dive into the pool from a high board. A swimming relay race; some of the racers enter the water with more grace than others. At an RAF parachute school at Chaklala near Rawalpindi in Punjab, India (Pakistan) trainee parachutists march to their aircraft. They climb aboard. An instructor demonstrates the Parachute Landing Fall (PLF) technique for landing. Airborne interior; trainee parachutists wait to jump. They start to exit the aircraft assisted by an RAF jumpmaster. Indian Sikh parachute trainees, with their turbans tied down, jump off a stepladder and practice their PLFs. Trainees fit their parachutes and are inspected by a British sergeant. Trainees practice their exit position by means of a large swing. Others practice their exit from a wooden mock-up. Parachutists airborne with their equipment bundles suspended below them. Two officers talking. Parachutists landing; one man is seen struggling with twisted lines and risers and appears to hit the ground hard. Another lands on his gear bundle and a third has a blown panel on his canopy. An instructor uses a megaphone to talk to parachutists in the air. Trainees gather up their canopies. A sergeant of the Parachute Regiment addresses a group of Sikhs. Soldiers slide down a ramp to practice their PLFs. Airborne interior; parachutists exit the aircraft. Air-to-air footage of trainees leaving a Dakota. Airborne interior; parachutists exiting. Men practice by jumping from a wrecked fuselage. An instructor (possibly a Gurkha) uses a megaphone. More parachutists landing. Interior airborne; jumpers leave an aircraft. One hesitates, gets stuck in the door, stumbles and is eventually turfed out of the aircraft by a jumpmaster. View from portside hatch of parachutists leaving the aircraft and their parachutes inflating. A bare-chested, British instructor speaks with an Indian trainee, gesticulating elaborately. A white man, probably an instructor, demonstrates a skilful stand-up landing. Men boarding an aircraft. Close-up of a man launching himself through the door; his helmet is marked with the name 'Marjorie'.
Reel 3: Activities on an airstrip, probably at Meiktila, central Burma. RAF and USAAF Dakotas taking off and landing. USAAF Commandos taking off. USAAF CG-4 Waco gliders being towed and landing on the strip. Ambulances unload casualties; a stretcher is put aboard RAF Dakota Mk IV KK207. Three aircraft overhead in formation; dopesheet calls them Dakotas but silhouette and twin tails suggest USAAF B-25 Mitchells.
The 'Blitz' – from the German term Blitzkrieg ('lightning war') – was the sustained campaign of aerial bombing attacks on British towns and cities carried out by the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) from September 1940 until May 1941.