British officer served as pilot with 201 Sqdn RAF during Berlin Airlift, 1948-1949, 5 Shackleton Flight RAF on Gibraltar, 1957-1960 and 244 Sqdn RAF in Oman, 1959
REEL 1: Background in GB, 1926-1944: childhood in Leamington Spa; education; attended RAF Short Course at Edinburgh University; joined RAF, 1944; description of training as pilot; passed out from Cranwell, 12/1946; further training as Sunderland flying boat pilot. Aspects of period as Sunderland flying boat pilot with 201 Sqdn RAF in Germany and GB, 1948-1951: description of operations during Berlin Airlift, Germany, 1948-1949: problem of navigation; weather conditions; danger of being shot down; used Northern Corridor to fly in supplies; flying height; maritime reconnaissance and search and rescue operations; ferried aircraft to and from Singapore during Korean War, 1950; role in NATO exercises. Aspects of period with RAF in GB, 1951-1957: trained as flying instructor at Central Flying School, 1951; duties as flying instructor; opinion of Chipmunk; air displays; opinion of trainees; duties as Intelligence and Liaison Officer with Coastal Command, Chatham; promoted to Sqdn Ldr. Aspects of period as Flight Commander, 5 Shackleton Flight, Gibraltar, 1957-1960: climate; daily routine and duties; search and rescue operations. Aspects of period with RAF in GB and North West Europe, 1960-1976: duties as CO 62 Sqdn RAF with Bloodhound Mk1 missiles; staff officer at HQ Fighter Command, Bentley Priory; 1962-64; NATO staff post in Fontainebleau, France; promoted Wing Commander, 1967; duties at RAF St Morgan preparing station for Nimrod aircraft; duties as staff officer at No 1 Sector HQ, Germany; role in preparations for possible war with Soviet Union; exercises; alarms; living conditions on base; duties at Defence Operational Warfare Establishment; retired 1976; civilian employment; attitude to promotion.
REEL 2 Continues: Aspects of operations with 244 Sqdn RAF in Oman, 1959: story of filming operations with own cine camera on ground and from the air; question of security and censorship; opinion of RAF's public relations skills; description of operations in Oman; political importance of Berlin Airlift; further comments on filming operations in Oman.