Informal footage showing activities of RAF 42 Squadron in their maritime reconnaissance role; location likely to be RAF St Mawgan, Cornwall.
Headquarters sign for 42 Squadron; close-up of RAF wings. Crews of 42 Squadron at briefing: a map of the United Kingdom is on the wall. On the airfield, engines of Shackleton undergo maintenance. Bowser drives alongside aircraft and the fuel line is attached to the aircraft. Further briefing shots (concentrating on a weather map). Crews arrive at the airfield and climb aboard the Shackleton. Fire tender drives past. Pre-flight preparation: engines are tested. Aircraft marked "E" and "D" can be seen; "E" taxies onto the runway. Views from control tower and on board during take-off. Aircraft "C" in flight. Brief shot of female air traffic controller with binoculars. Scenes on board in flight; including sea below. Cockpit view as the aircraft comes in to land. Crews in the mess after the flight.