RAF Ferry Command 1942

Star Item
  • Add to Favourites
  • View as stills
  • Description

    Titles read: "RAF FERRY COMMAND".

    Somewhere on the west coast of Britain.

    Aerial views as we cross over the sea in a Liberator aircraft that is on its way from Montreal in Canada to a reception terminal in west Britain. Brief shots of pilots in the cockpit.

    In a Transatlantic Air Control Room at the terminal we see wireless operators and WAAF cypher officers receiving and decoding messages relating to the types of aircraft on their way over. A movement board keeps track of planes arriving from Canada. In the observation tower men give landing instructions to the approaching Liberator and it lands on the airfield.

    M/S of Chief of Ferry Command Sir Frederick Bohill arrives at the airfield after a transatlantic crossing to inspect the European end of his organisation. WAAF ground staff unload kit from the plane. Government sponsored passengers step off a plane. A Fortress arrives with war supplies. Newly trained airmen from Canada step off a plane; one man has brought a banana with him that he hands to a WAAF.

    In the mess airmen write their reports and have a hot drink. WAAF mechanics refuel and check the aircraft. Freight is brought into the freight store. Airmen change American and Canadian money into British currency. Instruction on using oxygen masks is given to passengers including Commander Anthony Kimmins who is going to Canada. In the Met Office ferry pilots check on the weather; they are going back to fetch more bombers.

    In the kitchen, flasks of hot drinks and packets of sandwiches are prepared. In the mess lounge pilots put on flying kit for an other journey. M/S of a plane outside called 'Hitler's Hearse'. Dark shots at night as an Aldis lamp flashes a signal and a Liberator takes off.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Cataloguer:
    Sarah
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Sound:
    Sound
    Media URN:
    44464
    Sort Number:
    42/104
    Time in/Out:
    01:12:38:00 / 01:15:51:00
    Canister:
    42/104
    Film ID:
    1348.11
    Issue Date:
    28/12/1942
  • Appears in...

    Categories
    Travel & Exploration War & Revolution
    WorkSpaces
    ww2- air and sea war Canada in WW2
  • Stills

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.

All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment

To post a comment, please Register or to add a comment
The great politician and orator Winston Churchill left behind a sea of humourous quips and discerning quotes. We remember some of his finest epigrams and witty ripostes.
Churchill
British Pathe captured many extraordinary events on film over its 80 year history but sometimes the cameras were switched on when tragedy struck.
Franz Reichelt
Verbal warfare at its best. Here are some of history's greatest retorts and snarling insults. These people certainly didn't mince their words!
pope

Related Videos

Hide
Airmen Athletes

Airmen Athletes

Sprint and relay events from the RAF athletics championships at Uxbridge - good shots of runners.

"The Poly Marathon"

Sam Ferris wins the race from Windsor to Stamford Bridge - for the 6th time.

Ferry Air Pilots & Mr Churchill At RAF Station

Ferry Air Pilots & Mr Churchill At RAF Station

Air Transport Auxiliary pilots at work + Churchill inspect planes at Bomber Command.

Our Royal Guest King - King Leopold In England

Our Royal Guest King - King Leopold In England

King Leopold of Belgium arrives in Dover and is met by Royal Family.

Ferry Pilot

Ferry Pilot

Footage of RAF pilots ferrying new aeroplanes to their destinations, Aston, Gloucester.

France - 1939

France - 1939

Troops leaving France to go on leave in 1939.

Ferry Pilot

Ferry Pilot

Footage of RAF pilots ferrying new aeroplanes to their destinations, Aston, Gloucester.

August 2014 marks 100 years since the start of World War One. To honour this landmark occasion, British Pathé have launched this definitive collection of WW1 films.
yardstare
As the 70th Anniversary of the Normandy Landings approach, Pathe looks at 10 facts about the largest seaborne invasion in history.
dday
On 6 June 1944, the invasion of Normandy began. British Pathé newsreels documented every stage of the liberation of Europe. This is the definitive collection.
D-DAY_GREATEST_COMBINED_OPERATION_IN_WORLDS_HISTORY_1360_03_3451.jpg
Over its history, the Pathe cameras filmed a number of people who had committed heinous crimes. So in no particular order, these images show ten faces of truly evil men and women.
Himmler
Are you guilty of perpetuating a story regardless of its truth? Here are some classic urban myths which you may not know are false.
Urban Legends
The Duke of Edinburgh has many talents, but it is his unique way with words that often receives the most attention. 
Philip
Life before health and safety laws; men worked at huge heights, balancing on girders and cranes all in order to help build the world's tallest skyscrapers.
Vertigo
The images taken from inside Buchenwald Concentration Camp after its Liberation show us what it was like; it tells us what happened and forces us to remember.
Buchenwald
As two weeks of football mania get underway, we take a look at some fun facts from the 1966 World Cup.
world cup