Target For To-Day [sic] Aka Target For Today 1942

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    Somewhere in Britain.

    RAF airmen of the Bomber Command file into a briefing room and sit at tables. The Wing Commander briefs them on their next mission to Northern France; quick section of natural sound. In the airfield we see a ground crew loading bombs into a Blenheim aeroplane. Camera pans to show skull and crossbones marked on the side of the plane, along with 32 drawings of bombs and 2 Nazi swastikas.

    More footage of the Wing Commander giving instructions to the men (natural sound) on the formation of the planes on the way back from the mission. One of the men asks if it will be use the usual signal if the leader has to fall out. Wing Commander says it will be and tells the men to go downstairs and into the lorries; they file out of the room.

    Good shots of the men getting into a lorry that takes them to their Blenheim bombers and getting into their planes. Commentator stresses this is a real mission, not staged for the camera. The aircraft taxi across the field and take off. Several air to air shots of the bombers and fighter squadron in flight. Planes drop their bombs during the raid. Brief shots of a dog fight in the sky as they encounter enemy planes. Camera gun shots show the bomber firing at an enemy ship in the channel.

    Back at control headquarters we hear an airman's voice coming over the radio asking for permission to land. Two men at desks give him permission. Several shots of the plane landing in the airfield. At the Squadron Intelligent Office we see airmen being interviewed about their mission (natural sound). One of the young men (with a northern accent) talks of seeing three enemy 109 planes in a lovely dog fight. He saw one of them heading towards the sea in flames. Commentator says "Well done, fellas". Story ends with shots of RAF planes flying in formation. Note: non-standard frame lines in places.

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